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Bogeywoman

3.67  ·  Rating Details  ·  96 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
When this novel first appeared on Sun & Moon Press in 1999, it was selected as one of the best books of the year by the "Los Angeles Times," Jaimy Gordon takes on the difficult subject of a young girl who, coming of age and "coming out" sexually, falls in love with an older woman. The relationship between the two-doctor and patient-turns into a marvelous voyage of self ...more
Paperback, 500 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Green Integer (first published 1999)
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John
Feb 26, 2011 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers who long for a reawakening, in every sense
Recommended to John by: I'd read her previous.
Jaimy Gordon lifted literary hearts all over these States when, after decades of inexplicable obscurity, she captured the 2010 Nat'l Book Award with her small-press novel LORD OF MISRULE. That title's indeed sexy & scary & more, but here on GR I'll single out her previous full-length narrative, BOGEYWOMAN. A prolonged & sensuous growl out of teenaged Ursie (bearlike, yes), the novel suffered cruel neglect when it appeared in '99, & yet though much of the book concerns Ursie's soj ...more
jo
Dec 27, 2011 jo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this is a crazy, rollicking, fantastic, wild ride of a book into the life of young ursie koderer, a totally sane, if a little zany " * Unbeknownst To Everyone" (where * stands for, in Ursie's own words, "lesbo") who, upon discovering that she is indeed attracted to girls rather than boys, goes a little crazy and is therefore carted off from summer camp directly into the loony-bin.

except, truly, she doesn't go crazy at all. the reasons why ursie ends up in the bughouse are, as is often the case,
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Chuck LoPresti
Apr 09, 2014 Chuck LoPresti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A unique and singular voice in literature, Jamey Gordon writes in a style that might be best described as experimental yet approachable. I read Shamp Of The City Solo a few years ago and really enjoyed the experience. To me, her writing works like great music in that it balances a unique tone with an effective use of style that creates a rhythm of expression that resonates with increasing effectiveness with repeated annunciation. When you start reading Shamp or Bogeywoman you will learn some new ...more
Bandit
Jan 10, 2016 Bandit rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the sort of book that one can nod and say aha, aha, interesting without actually falling for it. Essentially a gay girl interrupted...coming of age story/coming out story set in a loony bin. The book is a twofer, it can technically be read as a linear traditional story, possibly even a love story or it can be read as an experimental language exercise. The author, and subsequently her protagonists, are wild and wily wordsmiths, cunning linguists (just can't resist a terrible pun), crafty ...more
Melanie Page
*Gordon became a bestselling author when her book Lord of Misrule won the 2010 National Book Award. Bogeywoman, despite being on the Los Angeles Times list of best books in 2000, is virtually unknown, and a simple Google search shows there is almost no information about it. I sent an e-mail to the author recently to see if she’ll agree to do an interview, but in the meantime I’m really proud to be able to share this review of my favorite book with you and add a little to the conversation about t ...more
Alan
Jul 23, 2012 Alan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Alan by: John
Shelves: novels, read-in-2011
exuberant, and, at times, exhausting lesbian coming-of-age novel. The language just bursts out of the book as the teenage heroine has a lexicon all of her own - men for example are 'fuddies' with frog dangly bits. The mental institution where she ends up is The Bug House, God becomes 'Godzilla' (as in 'for Godzilla's sake'), girls are girlgoyles etc. The characters are strong, particularly her fellow inmates - the see through Princess (who barely eats) - and the beardy doctors (dreambox mechanic ...more
Oriana
Jan 01, 2012 Oriana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Looooooooved this book when I read it a half-dozen years ago, and I'm so excited to read it again. Obvs starting out the year with a manic beautiful lesbian teenage madhouse drama will mean nothing but good things for 2012, right?

Ooo, and here's a really great interview with Jaimy another Goodreader led me to that you can read in the meantime while you're hunting for a copy of this woefully underappreciated book.
Thomas Moore
Jaimy Gordon is the winner of the National Book Award for her novel Lord of Misrule. Her writing style is difficult and characters, while interesting and eccentric, are a little too much. This book is about Ursie, The Bogeywoman, who is committed for cutting herself following a botched attempt to express her feelings for another girl. She joins a band of misfits and does her best to avoid being treated by the doctors until she becomes infatuated with visiting Doctor, Dr. Zook.

Probably the most
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Cassie
Review is up.

OBSESSED with the language in this one. OBSESSED.

Lauren Lindley
Not the way I wanted to kick start my 2016 reading list. Meh.
Erin
Feb 13, 2011 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
More of a 3.5. She's a got a unique & admirable writing style, and creates a dreamlike world for her characters. Quite reminiscent of Catcher in the Rye. But she (intentionally?) made the characters difficult to empathize with, and the ending was disappointing, reeking with a "...and then she woke up" approach. It was a quick read.
Erin O'Riordan
Jan 27, 2013 Erin O'Riordan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't remember precisely when I read this novel, but I do recall that it was quite bold and that I enjoyed it very much. Having had little other exposure to lesbian literature at the time, I appreciated that this book broached the theme.
Tammy
Jul 07, 2013 Tammy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I only got about 1/4 of the way through this book. While i was able to follow the gist of the story, the language and writing style was hard to follow. I did not enjoy this at all.
Janet Gardner
Sep 05, 2013 Janet Gardner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Strange, but compelling. I'm glad I read it, but I'm not exactly ready to recommend it to my friends...
Richard
May 25, 2011 Richard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
classic lesbian literature
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Jaimy Gordon's third novel, Bogeywoman was on the Los Angeles Times list of Best Books for 2000. Her second novel, She Drove Without Stopping, brought her an Academy-Institute Award for her fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Gordon's short story, "A Night's Work," which shares a number of characters with Lord of Misrule, appeared in Best American Short Stories 1995. She is also ...more
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