Vintage, Paperback, 9780307946898, 304pp.
Publication Date: September 6, 2011
A Los Angeles Times Best Book or the Year
National Book Award Winner Jaimy Gordon’s bold and daring coming of age novel combines the teenaged angst of Catcher in the Rye with the humor and tragedy of Girl, Interrupted.
Ursie Koderer knows herself to be a monster--doomed to be different from other girls--very different. When she’s discovered cutting herself at camp, she goes AWOL, and lands in a Baltimore psychiatric hospital. Ursie, now known as the Bogeywoman, joins up with the other misfits on the adolescent ward. They start a bughouse rock group, steal a nitrous oxide machine. As a mental patient Ursie is a success. But then she’s implicated in the accidental burning of a friend. Locked away, the Bogeywoman meets the beautiful, mysterious Doctor Zuk, a woman psychiatrist from somewhere east of the Urals. Their affair is the main event in this gorgeous novel of love, crime, liberation, and flight to something like a new world.
"Wildly inventive. . . . Crackles with exuberance and wit and Gordon's most jaw-dropping gift--language."-- Judith Dunford, The Los Angeles Times
“Words sizzle and crackle and burst into life on the page. Once again, Jaimy Gordon dazzles." —Joanna Scott, author of Follow Me
"Jaimy Gordon is an extraordinary writer."--Review of Contemporary Fiction
“Funny, heartbreaking, perfectly described.” —Elizabeth McCracken, author of The Giant's House