Dora: A Headcase, Lidia Yuknavitch


Something in the vein of Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea, which offered an alternate history for Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, Lidia Yuknavitch reenvisions a famous Freud case study. Violent, riveting, uncomfortable, but also sly and whip-smart, this is a great read for anyone who's been through those rocky teenage years. Like the short film the narrator makes, Yuknavitch's scope is broad:

It's ... about everything. This world we live in. The bodies we're stuck with. The lives we get whether we want them or not. How hard you have to work just to get through a fucking day without killing yourself. And how girls are virtually invisible.