Gordon's novel is a coming of age story about a young woman named Ursula (referred to as 'Bogeywoman'), who is trying to come to terms with her lesbian identity in a world that doesn't fully embrace her. Rejection and desperation drive Bogeywoman to self injury and she winds up in a psychiatric hospital where she meets Dr. Zuk, her liberator, lover, and inspiration. Despite the serious subject matter, Gordon is able to weave in humor through her playful and imaginative use of language (e.g. "dream box mechanics" to refer to psychiatrists).
Leatherby Libraries Call Number: PS3557.O668 B64 1999
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Review submitted by: Ashley Bloomfield, Program Assistant, Rodgers Center