Her Body and Other Parties: Stories
ISBN: 155597788X
EAN13: 9781555977887
Language: English
Publication Date: Oct 3, 2017
Pages: 248
Dimensions: 1" H x 8" L x 6" W
Weight: 1.11 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction

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 Russell

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 women's 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, a show we na vely assumed had shown it all, generating a phantasmagoric police Read More chevron_right

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