Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria MachadoIn 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 husbands 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 stores prom dresses. One womans 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 naively assumed had shown it all, generating a phantasmagoric police procedural full of doppelgangers, ghosts, and girls with bells for eyes.
Earthy and otherworldly, antic and sexy, queer and caustic, comic and deadly serious, Her Body and Other Parties swings from horrific violence to the most exquisite sentiment. In their explosive originality, these stories enlarge the possibilities of contemporary fiction.
Carmen Maria Machado
‘Her Body and Other Parties’ gives shape to female stories
Cambridge Wednesday 30th October - Join us for a chat and cuppa with our book group focusing on books with a queer theme. Book club meets on the third floor mezzanine. Free event, all welcome. She blurs the boundaries between reality and fantasy creating worlds filled with magical realism that, in some This was such an empowered collection of feminist short fiction!
I was prepared. Narrator voice: she was not prepared. The narrative is more or less: officer Benson and officer Stabler investigate murders, most often of women. Most often of prostitutes. Stabler hears a heartbeat in the ground. A DA falls in love with Benson.
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Fans of small screen book adaptations and all things horror, rejoice: Carmen Maria Machado's short stories are coming to a TV near you. Machado's debut collection, which was a National Book Award finalist, blurs the lines between psychological realism and science fiction — with generous helpings of horror, fantasy, and even comedy throughout. The collection includes a story about wife who refuses her husband's entreaties to remove the green ribbon from around her neck a retelling of a classic story that's been told by Washington Irving and Alvin Schwartz. There's another story in which a salesclerk in a mall makes a horrifying discovery within the seams of the store's prom dresses. News of Machado's adaptation is just the latest in a string of books written by women that have had small-screen treatments announced in