“The debut short-story collection from Machado is frank, often brutal and proudly feminist. Fiercely original and beautiful stories in this volume.”
Featured in LA Times’ Best Non-Fiction Books of 2017.
“An abrupt, original and wild collection of stories that somehow catch at familiar, unspoken truths about being women that more straightforward writing wouldn’t.”
Featured in NPR’s Book Concierge Great Reads of 2017.
“Blending science fiction, comedy and fantasy, Machado’s stories explore violent acts committed against women.”
Featured in Washington Post’s 50 Notable Fiction Books of 2017.
Praise for Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado has been pouring in!
“[These stories] vibrate with originality, queerness, sensuality and the strange.”―Roxane Gay
“In these formally brilliant and emotionally charged tales, Machado gives literal shape to women’s memories and hunger and desire. I couldn’t put it down.”―Karen Russel
As a Finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction, this book fantastically demolishes the arbitrary borders between psychological realism and science fiction, comedy and horror, fantasy and fabulism in a voice that is all Carmen Maria Machado. With this provocative debut, she bends a genre and shapes a starling narrative that maps the realities and violence that happens to and upon women and their bodies with such bratul commonality.
The collection of stories include story lines about a wife who refuses her husband’s requests to remove the green ribbon from around her neck, another woman who recounts her sexual encounters as a plague slowly consuming humanity and a salesclerk in a mall who makes a horrifying discovery within the seams of the store’s prom dresses.
That is not all. There is also a story about how a 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 to mention a few of the other mesmerizing tales to be found within the gripping pages.
Earthy and otherworldly.
Explicit and sexy.
Surprising yet common place,
Humorous yet deadly serious.
There are many and varied way to describe this fantastic collection. Just like the complexity of women themselves, this book is vibrant with life, personality and drama.