Her Body and Other Parties


Her Body and Other Parties (EBook, 2017, Graywolf Press)

eBook, 248 pages

English language

Published Oct. 2, 2017 by Graywolf Press.


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4 stars (5 reviews)

In Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado blithely demolishes the arbitrary borders between psychological realism and science fiction, comedy and horror, fantasy and fabulism. While her work has earned her comparisons to Karen Russell and Kelly Link, she has a voice that is all her own. In this electric and provocative debut, Machado bends genre to shape startling narratives that map the realities of womens lives and the violence visited upon their bodies.

A wife refuses her husband's entreaties to remove the green ribbon from around her neck. A woman recounts her sexual encounters as a plague slowly consumes humanity. A salesclerk in a mall makes a horrifying discovery within the seams of the store's prom dresses. One woman's surgery-induced weight loss results in an unwanted houseguest. And in the bravura novella Especially Heinous, Machado reimagines every episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, …

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5 stars

A collection of dark and unnerving stories that crash through the borders of horror, magical realism, erotica, and literary fiction to deliver something unique. Many of the stories left me unsettled for days, resisting simple interpretation but nonetheless asking leaving something planted in my consciousness that made me keep thinking of them days later, wondering what really happened to the characters.
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