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A revolutionary memoir about domestic abuse by the award-winning author of Her Body and Other Parties
In the Dream House is Carmen Maria Machado’s engrossing and wildly innovative account of a relationship gone bad, and a bold dissection of the mechanisms and cultural representations of psychological abuse. Tracing the full arc of a harrowing relationship with a charismatic but volatile woman, Machado struggles to make sense of how what happened to her shaped the person she was becoming.
And it’s that struggle that gives the book its original structure: each chapter is driven by its own narrative trope—the haunted house, erotica, the bildungsroman—through which Machado holds the events up to the light and examines them from different angles. She looks back at her religious adolescence, unpacks the stereotype of lesbian relationships as safe and utopian, and widens the view with essayistic explorations of the history and reality of abuse in queer relationships.
Machado’s dire narrative is leavened with her characteristic wit, playfulness, and openness to inquiry. She casts a critical eye over legal proceedings, fairy tales, Star Trek, and Disney villains, as well as iconic works of film and fiction. The result is a wrenching, riveting book that explodes our ideas about what a memoir can do and be.
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It Came from the ClosetJoe Vallese and Carmen Maria Machado and Bruce Owens Grimm and Zefyr Lisowski and Richard Scott Larson and Sarah Fonseca
When Things Get DarkEllen Datlow and Joyce Carol Oates and Josh Malerman and Carmen Maria Machado and Paul Tremblay
Out of the RuinsPreston Grassmann and Emily St. John Mandel and Carmen Maria Machado and China Miéville and Clive Barker
Sunspot Jungle, Vol. 2Bill Campbell and Daniel José Older and John Jennings and Nick Harkaway and Ken Liu and Nalo Hopkinson and Tananarive Due and Max Gladstone and Nisi Shawl and Carmen Maria Machado and Tobias S. Buckell and Karen Lord
The Mythic DreamDominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe and John Chu and Leah Cypess and Indrapramit Das and Amal El-Mohtar and Jeffrey Ford and Sarah Gailey and Carlos Hernandez and Kat Howard and Stephen Graham Jones and T. Kingfisher and Ann Leckie and Carmen Maria Machado and Arkady Martine and Seanan McGuire and Naomi Novik and Rebecca Roanhorse and Alyssa Wong and J.Y. Yang
March Sisters: On Life, Death, and Little WomenKate Bolick and Jenny Zhang and Carmen Maria Machado and Jane Smiley
PEN America Best Debut Short Stories 2019Yuka Igarashi and Danielle Evans and Danielle Evans and Alice Sola Kim
Wastelands: The New ApocalypseJohn Joseph Adams and Veronica Roth and Hugh Howey and Carmen Maria Machado and Jonathan Maberry
Fantastic Stories of the Imagination People of Color Flash AnthologyJulia Rios and José Pablo Iriarte and Julie M. Rodriguez and Caroline M. Yoachim and Cassandra Khaw and Laurie Tom and Darcie Little Badger and LaShawn M. Wanak and Malon Edwards and Carmen Maria Machado and Nicky Drayden and Jeremy Sim and S.L. Huang and Ananyo Bhattacharya and Naru Dames Sundar and Samuel Marzioli and Eliza Victoria and Eve Shi and Zina Hutton and James Beamon and Jeremy Szal and Kuzhali Manickavel and Indrapramit Das and Richie Narvaez and Karlo Yeager Rodríguez and S.B. Divya
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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