A Head Case

Book - 2012
Average Rating:
Rate this:
A contemporary coming-of-age story based on Freud's famous case study, retold and revamped through Dora's point of view, with dark humor and sexual play.
Publisher: Portland, Or. : Hawthorne Books, c2012
ISBN: 9780983477570
Branch Call Number: YUK
Characteristics: xx, 237 p. ; 23 cm


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Oct 11, 2018

since there is soap on it, does it stay clean?

Jun 16, 2017

I love Yuknavitch's writing style and this was a short, quick read. I just had to keep reading to see what happened to Ida/Dora/all the other strange people. At the end of it all, I realize a lot of it went over my head and I was reading simply for the joy of reading a book by Lidia Yuknavitch. This novel is about the subject of a famous case study by Sigmund Freud. The subject of the study had lost her voice. In an interview, Yuknavitch said that she wanted to "give Dora back her voice and 'talk back' to Freud." While this is a very interesting concept and her writing is superb, at the end of it all, I couldn't help but think "Huh???"

ChristchurchLib Feb 19, 2013

In this interesting first novel, equal parts acid-tongued coming-of-age story and feminist retelling of Freud’s most famous case study, Seattle teen Ida goes toe-to-toe with her new shrink, recording their conversations (among other things) with the recorder she’s hidden in her Dora the Explorer purse. At home, her father is having an affair with Mrs. K. (Mr. K., true to Freud’s model, propositioned Ida when she was 14) and her mother is drinking herself into oblivion. In therapy, mandated by her father, Ida, nimble as a boxer, counters Siggy every time he brings up his favourite topic: sex. Sex is the one thing that Ida hasn’t experienced yet, though she’s desperately in love with her friend, Obsidian, but whenever the girls go beyond kissing, Ida either faints or loses her voice.

Fiction A to Z newsletter February 2013.


Add a Quote
Sep 03, 2012

Or maybe what I really want to tell him is "Um, brainbuster? Next time you work with a female? Ask her which city her body is. Or ocean. Give her poetry books written by women. Like Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton and H.D. and Adrienne Richa and Mary Oliver and Emily Dickinson. Let her draw or paint or sing a self before. You. Say. A. Word.

Sep 03, 2012

You know, I'd be crushed and all, but the more I'm around this family, the more I understand - things must always get worse, or the drama goes impotent. That's the fucked up part about life. You have to keep stroking the family drama. Wouldn't want anyone to feel, you know, good about their lives, or selves exactly the way they are. Wouldn't want any bullshit Zen calm descending on the home. That'd be nuts. You stroke the drama with everything you've got until you run out of energy. Then you die. The end. Orgasm accomplished.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at BPL

To Top