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schottam, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by schottam)
Dora is absolutely the best and most timely novel of 2012. It is a glimpse into the postmodern bizarre of girlhood: guts, pain, art, and sex beautifully smeared across the page without an inch of timidity. Yuknavitch is a gift.
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The best read of 2012!
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Domi, January 23, 2013 (view all comments by Domi)
Yuknavitch successfully uses farce as a construct to pull off serious cultural criticism by poking fun and using outrageous exaggeration as a device. Her storytelling is deliberate and she is an expert at weaving multiple meanings into her work that teach, inform and transform the reader without knowing they are being transformed until after its all over.
I would seriously suggest this book as a teaching tool in various courses, from Psychology to Philosophy and Women's studies to Literature, just as a start.
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This book was by far my favorite read in 2012! It made me feel like a teenager on the brink of so many exciting and insane adventures.
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I told everyone I knew to read The Chronology of Water. No one loved it as much as me.
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This book jumps off the cliff with the first chapter but never quite crashes at the bottom. The crazy ride stayed with me weeks after reading it, and I still occasionally ask myself what the hell just happened! The author calls it a farce; it's that and a lot more. Thank you, Lidia Yuknavitch, for the meatiest, most-fun, most-challenging-to-my-sense-of-how-far-you-can-push-things book of the year.

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Yuknavitch is such a literary badass. In her debut novel (following last year's fantastic memoir, The Chronology of Water), she rips Freud's classic case study to shreds, then stitches it back together as a contemporary radical/feminist/hyperactive/queer coming-of-age story. Hysterical!

"Review" by , "Hold a basketball under water, take your hand away, and it'll surface with the powerhouse force of the suppressed. Welcome to Lidia Yuknavitch's world. In Dora: A Headcase, Yuknavitch reimagines the girl, the woman, at the heart of Sigmund Freud's breakthrough case study and unleashes this character's fury against a backdrop of hypocritical adulthood. Yuknavitch is talking back to a hundred years, to the founding of psychoanalysis. I'd like to think she wrote parts of this novel just for me, but so many readers will feel that way. Yuknavitch has wrestled with the force of her own convictions and given a powerful voice to a badass character born on the literary landscape."
"Review" by , "Dora is too much for Sigmund Freud but shes just right for us — raunchy, sharp and so funny it hurts."
"Review" by , "In these times there's no reason for a novel to exist unless it's dangerous, provocative and not like anything that's come before. Dora: A Headcase is that kind of novel. It's dirty, sexy, rude, smart, soulful, fresh and risky. Think of your favorite out-there genius writer; multiply by ten, add a big heart, a poet's ear, and a bad girl's courage, and you've got Lidia Yuknavitch."
"Review" by , "Dora: A Head Case is first and foremost an irreverent portrait of a smart seventeen year old trying to survive. It channels Sigmund Freud and his young patient Dora and is both a hilarious critique and an oddly touching homage. With an unerring ear and a very keen eye, Lidia Yuknavitch casts a very special slant of light on our centuries and our lives. Put simply, the book is needed."
"Review" by , "Snappy and fun. I can pretty much guarantee you haven't met a character quite l like Ida before."
"Review" by , "In Dora, [Lidia Yuknavitch] takes the most classic model of Thera-tainment, personal-crisis-as-content, and she re-imagines it wonderfully reversed. The world of Dora is not just possible, it's inevitable. It's revenge as the ultimate therapy."
"Review" by , "Dora: A Headcase is a feminist retelling of Freud's famous case study, Dora. But the novel constantly transcends this conceit in beautiful and surprising ways....Put simply, Yuknavitch has written the best portrait of teen girlhood I have ever read. I loved this book — it's like a smart, fast chick Fight Club."
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