Her Body And Other Parties (Hardback)Carmen Maria Machado (author)
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Shortlisted for the National Book Award Fiction Prize 2017
Shortlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize 2018
…and that, I realise suddenly, is the root of my hurt. He is not a bad man at all. To describe him as evil or wicked or corrupted would do a deep disservice to him. And yet–
In her provocative debut, Carmen Maria Machado demolishes the borders between magical realism and science fiction, comedy and horror, fantasy and fabulism.
Startling narratives map the realities of women's lives and the violence visited on their bodies, both in myth and in practice.A wife refuses her husband's entreaties to remove the mysterious green ribbon from around her neck. A woman recounts her sexual encounters as a plague spreads across the earth.
A salesclerk in a mall makes a horrifying discovery about a store's dresses. One woman's surgery-induced weight loss results in an unwanted house guest. Bodies become inconsequential, humans become monstrous, and anger becomes erotic.
A dark, shimmering slice into womanhood, Her Body and Other Parties is wicked and exquisite.
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 379 g
Dimensions: 204 x 138 x 26 mm
'Brilliantly inventive and blazingly smart' - Garth Greenwell
'Impossible, imperfect, unforgettable' - Roxane Gay
'A wild thing ... covered in sequins and scales, blazing with the influence of fabulists from Angela Carter to Kelly Link and Helen Oyeyemi' - The New York Times
'A writer of rare daring ... there's a ragged glory to [the stories'] formal experimentation and erotic fearlessness, and the gusto with which they reinvent horror, SF and fairytale tropes.' - Guardian
'Brilliant and unsettling ... Machado ranks alongside Shirley Jackson and Margaret Atwood' - Independent
'Daring ... Machado has created a provocative blend of fabulism, feminism, magic realism and lashings of sex.' - Tatler
'Machado's work is visceral: tender, harrowing and sensual, it crawls right under the skin of your imagination.' - SFX
'A provocative and powerful collection' - Stylist
'Part punk rock and part classical, with stories that are raw and devastating but also exquisitely plotted and full of delight. This is a strong, dangerous, and blisteringly honest book-it's hard to think of it as a 'debut,' it's that good' - Jeff Vandermeer
'Caustic and comic ... Machado's talent and imagination are visceral and voracious' - Red
'An intimate, unrelenting style that grabs you by the throat and sinks its perfectly-polished nails in' - Harper's Bazaar
'Ms. Machado's stories are frank, sensual ... deliver high-voltage shocks to the system. The others show how difficult it is to outpace the status quo' - Wall Street Journal
'Machado's stories inspire horror as well as sympathy' - Washington Post
'...twistedly original and thrilling' - Chicago Tribune
'Deliciously weird and dark and erotic and queer and smart and full of desire, and profoundly original, this is about the alienation of being a woman in a way you've never read before.' - The Pool
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