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Her body and other parties : stories

Author
Machado, Carmen Maria, author.
Preferred Title
Short stories. Selections
Title
Her body and other parties : stories / Carmen Maria Machado.
Format
Book
Published
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, [2017]
Description
245 pages ; 21 cm
Other contributors
Machado, Carmen Maria. Husband stitch. Container of (work) Machado, Carmen Maria. Inventory. Container of (work) Machado, Carmen Maria. Mothers. Container of (work) Machado, Carmen Maria. Especially heinous. Container of (work) Machado, Carmen Maria. Real women have bodies. Container of (work) Machado, Carmen Maria. Eight bites. Container of (work) Machado, Carmen Maria. Resident. Container of (work) Machado, Carmen Maria. Difficult at parties. Container of (work)
Contents
  • The husband stitch
  • Inventory
  • Mothers
  • Especially heinous
  • Real women have bodies
  • Eight bites
  • The resident
  • Difficult at parties.
Summary
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.
Awards
National Book Award Finalist, 2017
Subject headings
Women--Fiction. Women--Identity--Fiction. Man-woman relationships--Fiction. Sexual minorities--Fiction.
Genre heading
Short stories. Fiction. Psychological fiction. Science fiction. Short stories. Science fiction. Short stories. Psychological fiction. Domestic fiction. Short stories.
ISBN
9781555977887 (paperback) 155597788X (paperback) 9781781259528 1781259526

Holdings

Library
Indpls - IUPUI University Library
Call Number
PS3613.A2725243 A6 2017
Location
Checked out Due: 09-21-2022
Library
South Bend - Schurz Library
Call Number
PS3613.A2725243 H47 2017
Location
South Bend Schurz Lib. - Popular Reading
Floor
1st Floor, Hammes Information Commons
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Library
Southeast Library - New Albany
Call Number
PS3613.A2725243 H47 2017
Location
Stacks
Floor
3rd Floor
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Library
Southeast Library - New Albany
Call Number
PS3613.A2725243 H47 2017
Location
Checked out Due: 10-22-2022