Bogeywoman

Title

Bogeywoman

Department

English

Document Type

Book

Files

Description

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.

ISBN

9780307946898

Publication Date

2011

Publisher

Vintage Books

City

New York

Disciplines

Fiction

Citation for published book

Gordon, Jaimy. Bogeywoman. New York: Vintage Books, 2011. Print.