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Her body and other parties : stories

Author: Carmen Maria Machado
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, [2017]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Contains short stories about the realities of women's lives and the violence visited upon their bodies.
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Psychological fiction
Science fiction
Short stories
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Carmen Maria Machado
ISBN: 9781555977887 155597788X 9781781259528 1781259526
OCLC Number: 965738096
Awards: Long-listed for National Book Awards 2017 (UK)
Description: 245 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: The husband stitch --
Inventory --
Mothers --
Especially heinous --
Real women have bodies --
Eight bites --
The resident --
Difficult at parties.
Other Titles: Short stories.
Responsibility: Carmen Maria Machado.

Abstract:

Contains short stories about the realities of women's lives and the violence visited upon their bodies.

"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."--Publisher's description.

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Her Body and Other Parties is a love letter to an obstinate genre that won't be gentrified. It's a wild thing, this book, covered in sequins and scales, blazing with the influence of fabulists from Read more...

 
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