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. Tracing the full arc of a harrowing experience with a charismatic but volatile woman, this is a bold dissection of the mechanisms and cultural representations of psychological abuse.
Each chapter views the relationship through a different lens, as Machado holds events up to the light and examines them from distinct angles. She casts a critical eye over legal proceedings, fairy tales, Star Trek and Disney villains, as well as iconic works of film and fiction, infusing all with her characteristic wit, playfulness and openness to enquiry. The result is a powerful book that explodes our ideas about what a memoir can do and be.
Carmen Maria Machado is the author of In the Dream House and Her Body and Other Parties. Her work has appeared in Granta, the New Yorker, Guernica, Tin House, and elsewhere. She has received the Bard Fiction Prize, and been a finalist for the National Book Award. the Kirkus Prize, the Shirley Jackson Award, and Nebula Award. She lives in Philadelphia with her wife.
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