Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

Her Body and Other Parties

A highly anticipated debut by one of the most ferociously gifted young writers working today (Michelle Huneven)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, M...


Details Her Body and Other Parties

TitleHer Body and Other Parties
ISBN9781555977887
Author
Release DateOct 3rd, 2017
PublisherGraywolf Press
LanguageEnglish
GenreShort Stories, Fiction, Feminism, Fantasy, Horror
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Reviews Her Body and Other Parties

  • Roxane
    1970-01-01
    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 given everything and bodies, so many human bodies taking up space and straining the seams of skin in impossible, imperfect, unforgettable ways.
  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    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, and creepy, and Machado is adept at combining magical realism, body horror, and feminism to create an exploration of women's bodies, their relationships t...
  • Ariadne
    1970-01-01
    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 by not shying away from feminist themes. This deft blending of genres is perfect for exploring topics like the relationships women have with their bodies,...
  • Rebecca
    1970-01-01
    Carmen Maria Machado's debut novel, Her Body and Other Parties, is a collection of short stories that's equal parts haunting and comforting. Full of familiar horrors dressed up as bizarre, otherworldly experiences, this is the first book this year that gets a full five stars from me. Each story left me feeling unnerved in the best way and desperate to jump into the next one, even if I didn't necessarily have the time, and there wasn't a single ta...
  • Kerry Cullen
    1970-01-01
    I loved this book entirely. Eerie, queer, and gorgeously written, it pulled me into its world, enthralled me immediately, and hasn't let me go since. Machado's writing reminds me of Carter, Oyeyemi, Amelia Gray, and many more of my very favorites. She is one to watch.
  • Diana Iozzia
    1970-01-01
    When I receive a complementary galley from a publisher, I'm not always sure what to expect. I rarely read reviews of the book prior to opening it up, because I always feel I might become biased or read something I don't want to. I was very hopeful for this book, because my favorite type of reading to do is reading collections of short stories. The themes of romance, science fiction, comedy, horror, and psychological realism (that are mentioned on...
  • Izzie
    1970-01-01
    Carmen Machado writes a brilliant and haunting collection of stories that portray femininity, queerness, erotica, and many more themes in altered perspectives. I found these stories utterly refreshing and diverging from the usual heteronormative storylines that mainstream media prefers. My favorite stories were "The Husband Stitch," "Inventory," and "Difficult at Parties." All three of these were vastly different but I found myself completely abs...
  • Donna
    1970-01-01
    A collection of short stories that range from shocking to downright creepy.Good thing: My favorite story was "The Husband Stitch" about a woman who wears a green ribbon around her neck and won't let her husband remove it - until he does. A close second was "Difficult at Parties" which is told from the viewpoint of a woman who is recovering (but not really) from an assault.Bad thing: I didn't get "The Resident" about an author spending some time a...
  • Hillary Smith
    1970-01-01
    I adored every story in this enthralling debut collection. Machado tears into what it means to be a girl, a woman, a partner, a human and crawls inside to look around and inspect all their dark and beautiful aspects. These stories are strange, mesmerizing and terrifying. I cannot wait to devour whatever comes next form this wonderful author.
  • Becky Spratford
    1970-01-01
    Review on blog and in BOOKLIST http://raforall.blogspot.com/2017/09/...
  • James Wilcox
    1970-01-01
    I was fortunate enough to be given an advance copy of Her Body & Other Parties by Graywolf a few months ago. It was given in good faith and there was no expectation of a positive review.That said, I'm giving the book a VERY positive review.I read "The Husband Stitch" late at night and was so shaken that I sat in a thoughtful stupor for several minutes before I went back through and started annotating. The story builds in a familiar way, with trop...
  • Puloma Mukherjee
    1970-01-01
    I had read the "The Husband Stitch", the first story in this amazing collection by Carmen Maria Machado, a few months after my son was born. Now I didn't get a husband stitch after a vaginal birth, but I loved Machado's clever and effective use of the idea in her amazing story. Every single one of these stories shimmers with similar brilliance of her storytelling prowess. This collection houses some of the best queer and feminist literature I hav...
  • Ted Mccombs
    1970-01-01
    One of the most extraordinary books I've read in years, "Her Body & Other Parties" blends a bold, absolutely winning literary sensibility with speculative invention. To call it domestic horror seems too small; rather, Machado marshals the power of weirdness and menace to explore the dark human places of sexuality, relationship, and social dread. And the writing is gorgeous. If for no other reason, read this for the genre-busting "Extremely Heinou...
  • Melissa
    1970-01-01
    I won this as a Goodreads giveaway. Unique. Complicated. Haunting. Ferocious. I'm not sure if I walked away with a full understanding of the gruesome storylines of each of these journeys. On the surface level, I grasped the characters and what each brought and gave to the story. I would definitely want to dig deeper and discuss these in more of a group setting. The complications and parallels between stories are deep and deserve a multitude of pe...
  • Brynn
    1970-01-01
    This is one of the best short story collections that I have ever read. Machado masterfully weaves the fantastical into the everyday with her stories. Each one feels uniquely haunted, and each in a way that will stay with me. While my favorite may have been “The Resident” for the way that it deals with memory and trauma, there isn’t a single story here that I didn’t love. Strange, erotic, uncanny, queer, and at turns both creepy and tender...
  • Hannah Fenster
    1970-01-01
    The bodies in Machado's stories are fluid and haunted and, most of all, unavoidably present. Queer, creative, and stubborn, they crackle with urgency - SEE ME - and often burst into flame. I cannot shake the feeling that Machado has listened, deeply, to internal rhythms, then translated them for us. These stories will change the way you think about the things we cannot change about ourselves. They will make you look.
  • David
    1970-01-01
    There's some serious undertow in these stories. The reader is really pulled in, not being able to ignore a certain note of menace often waiting just out of sight underneath. Imaginative and well constructed. Nice work.
  • Dai
    1970-01-01
    Ideal for fans of Margaret Atwood. Combines minor speculative elements with some harsh, feminist fables about women's everyday lives. A little bit creepy, but mostly a delight. The way she can make a seemingly random list of objects become a haunting meditation on quotidian drama is breathtaking.
  • Kokie
    1970-01-01
    Cleaver, revealing, and powerful. Each story was so different from the next, but each showed the truth behind a woman's strength. I found the stories compelling, and once started, it was hard to put the collection down. I look forward to Machado next project.
  • Sharon
    1970-01-01
    A spectacular book, and such an interesting reading experience right after Roxane Gay's stories. These also explore women's anger, fear, vulnerability, desire, in ways that tiptoe into magic and otherworldliness. These are dreamy while Gay's are earthy. All magnificent and haunting.
  • Angel
    1970-01-01
    Nothing makes pink taffeta pop like a dark void.Carmen Maria Machado's debut collection of short stories will keep you awake, slide an icy finger down your nape, leave you wondering about the shadows on the wall beside your lamp, and the craggy spaces in between.
  • Stephany
    1970-01-01
    3.5 Stars
  • Thom
    1970-01-01
    I ahve been so blessed this is another phenomenal read
  • Sam
    1970-01-01
    Some stories are good, some aren't. It's a mixed lot.
  • Scott Neuffer
    1970-01-01
    Utterly brilliant. Every man should read "The Husband Stitch."
  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    In a word: wow.This book already has lots of hype behind it but it's worth every rave. Shirley Jackson in the age of Black Mirror. Beautiful, creepy, thought-provoking stories.
  • Nina
    1970-01-01
    Six stars, really. I would like six.
  • Rebecca
    1970-01-01
    A twisted and original debut collection from a dementedly talented writer! Sinuous, sinister, and surreal, Carmen Maria Machado's stories are full of heart, horror, and healing in equal measures. Each story in HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES is a dark, shimmering cut into the human psyche, exploring the twists and turns of women's existence, the shadows that haunt their minds, and the physical and psychological damage done unto them over the course of...
  • Holger
    1970-01-01
    It's intimidating writing a review for Machado's "Her Body and Other Parties" because it's so good that I'm worried I'll undersell it. It contains a perfect blend of eeriness, humor, magical realism, the mundane, defamiliarization of pop culture, holding real life under a microscope, and a whole bunch of other things I'm sure I've left out. When I read the first story, "The Husband Stitch," I knew I held a special book in my hands. After reading ...