Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

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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 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.

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ISBN : 155597788X
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 248 pages


Roxane rated it ★★★★★

April 09, 2017

The stories in Carmen Maria Machado’s Her Body and Other Parties vibrate with originality, queerness, sensuality and the strange. Her voracious imagination and extraordinary voice beautifully bind these stories about fading women and the end of the world and men who want more when they’ve been gi...

Larry rated it ★★★★☆

October 12, 2017

I'd rate this 4.5 stars. If you think of works of fiction like works of art, Carmen Maria Machado's debut story collection, Her Body and Other Parties , is an abstract painting. It's undoubtedly gorgeous and attention-getting, there's no one right way to interpret the things you see (or read), ev...

Jenny (Reading Envy) rated it ★★★★★

October 10, 2017

I ordered this for my library but grew impatient and listened to it on Hoopla instead. It is one of the finalists for the 2017 National Book Award (USA.) This is a book of short stories, all centering around the female body, as evidenced by the title. This would not be a book for anyone who shocks...

Jaclyn rated it ★★★★★

October 06, 2017

These stories are 🔥🔥🔥. Jesmyn Ward might be in trouble after all... Machado plays with genre until all that remains are singular stories about women's lives and the violence visited upon their bodies. These stories are game changers. You need to read this - I can't quite believe what I just read....

Coleen (The Book Ramblings) rated it ★★★★☆

October 13, 2017

Haunting, spellbinding, and the best short story collection I've read so far. The full review will be posted this weekend!

Sarah rated it ★★★★★

July 09, 2017

Carmen Maria Machado's Her Body and Other Parties is one of the most electrifying short story collections I've ever read. When I first heard about this book, I knew I had to get my hands on it immediately, and it did not disappoint! The inventive stories contained within are sensual, emotional, a...

Kathleen rated it ★★★★★

October 10, 2017

My review for the Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifesty... In her 1826 essay on the subject of the supernatural in literature, gothic novelist Ann Radcliffe differentiates between the sensations of "terror" and "horror," arguing that terror is a feeling of dread that exists before...

Roman Clodia rated it ★★★☆☆

October 15, 2017

An imaginative engagement with the vexed relationships men, culture and women themselves have with our female bodies. There's a nice variety in these stories but, taken collectedly, they feel less original, less startling, less innovative than I expected. The themes of violence perpetrated both a...

Ariadne rated it ★★★★☆

July 05, 2017

I didn't realize you could blend erotica, feminism, and body horror until I read this collection, and now I find myself wondering why this combination hasn't been in my life sooner. Machado has created one of the creepiest story collections I've ever read, and it is made all the more disturbing b...

Izzy rated it ★★★★★

October 12, 2017

this book felt the way i think epiphanies are supposed to feel. it was catharsis personified. i've never seen so much magic, hurt, madness, sex, passion, beauty, all wrapped up in one—and as part of every single story. truthfully, there's not a single story in this collection that i wouldn't give...

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