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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 naïvely assumed had shown it all, generating a phantasmagoric police procedural full of doppelgängers, 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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PEN America Best Debut Short Stories 2019Yuka Igarashi and Danielle Evans and Danielle Evans and Alice Sola Kim
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Grave PredictionsDrew Ford and Harlan Ellison and Stephen King and Greg Bear and Ramsey Campbell and Joe R. Lansdale and Carmen Maria Machado and Mark Samuels and Erica L. Satifka and Brian Stableford and Ray Bradbury and Arthur C. Clarke and W.E.B. Du Bois and Kurt Vonnegut
Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and BeyondBill Campbell and Edward Austin Hall and John Jennings and N.K. Jemisin and Victor LaValle and Junot Díaz and Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Lauren Beukes and Carmen Maria Machado and Tobias Buckell and Rabih Alameddine and Nisi Shawl and S,P. Somtow and Daniel José Older and Eden Robinson and Ibi Zoboi and Sofia Samatar and Carlos Hernandez and Katherena Vermette
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