ISBN: 155597788X
EAN13: 9781555977887
Language: English
Release 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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   Not worth the effort.
This book was hard to finish, I found it confusing and I felt like the author was trying to be more complex, he said.
 
2
   If you like stories with no end, this is for you
Not really sure why this book is rated so highly, but there is a story that is written in such a way that it is just a good read. There is a story where women just fade that must be a representation of something that happens to somebody, he said. There is a never ending list of shows I have never seen and I doubt seeing the show would have made it better. There is a story about being promiscuous during a pointless pandemic, and we don't know what happened. There is a story about a kid who was haunted and was never told his name. None of this is a spoiler, because none of the stories has an ending. Though the writing style is interesting at times, I'd say 2 stars not 1 is not 1st.
 
2
   Disappointed
I really wanted to like this book of short stories, but I was left extremely confused by the end. Most of the cast members had made sense of the ending. It would be so easy to get lost in the words, and reread them over again. The first story is a different take on the scary story from a children's book. I knew it was from someplace. It's just a scary story turned sexual and grown-up." The most heinous was in the way it was set up, as short two-sevenths of a dozen or so episodes were lined up in a row. The entire book was a big no. 1 on Amazon. com. I thought they would be terrifying or at least enjoyable, Mr. Booher said. It was a total travesty, and I didn't like it at all. Only a few of the stories I've read have been by Linda.
 
1
   Too much effort.......... for naught
A finalist for the National Book Award. The NBA's All-Star team will play in the NBA Finals rematch next month. It must be great to be back home, Mr. Dhaliwal said. It's just that I don't think it's that important. The jurors of the NBA are not a jury of my peers, they inhabit a different world, have very different criteria than us, regular readers, and entertainment value is not one of them. Maybe they look for unusual structures, unusual constructions to appear innovative. It's great to be back home, said Gillian, "but I only managed to read one third of the book." It's just that we couldn't get it done. Most of it did not make sense to me, incoherent fragments of time jumping back and forth in time. He admits that "too much effort was required of the reader." It reminded me of abstract paintings, those that you cannot make sense of, those that not even the colors are attractive.
 
5
   Swept away
His stories break through every glass ceiling in literature. They stay with you like ghosts you haven't invited but are too beguiled by the seductive hostess to demand they leave.
 
3
   Crafty, but clever
In her second book, Machado explores deeply feminist themes of sexuality, shame, violence, and embodiment.
 
4
   Very interesting
All of these stories are so bizarre, I couldn't help but smile. She writes with the immediacy and beauty of a young woman, yet her writing is very much a woman's work.
 
1
   Worst book I've ever read.
It's the most confusing book I have ever read. 6 women in our book club read it and everyone hated it. I had to research every short story to find the meaning of them to explain to everyone, but we still don't have all of the answers. Awful, awful, terrible, horrible, terrible, terrible, terrible, terrible.
 
5
   So good!
I have not read another book since finishing this one two weeks ago because I'm having trouble figuring out what to do with it. I've changed my perspective on so many things and the short stories are good for anyone too busy to read a book.
 
5
   I didn't like all of the stories in this book
In "No One Is Above the Law," Gloria Allred tells the story of how the violation of women's bodies and the pain we endure are common and often ignored. It's a terrible book. For survivors of violence, it could be very triggering, but it is beautiful, dark, and worth a read.
 
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