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In the Dream House

A Memoir
Carmen Maria Machado
In the Dream House is Carmen Maria Machado’s engrossing and wildly innovative account of a relationship gone bad, and a bold dissection of the mechanisms and cultural representations of psychological abuse. Tracing the full arc of a harrowing relationship with a charismatic but volatile woman, Machado struggles to make sense of how what happened to her shaped the person she was becoming.

And it’s that struggle that gives the book its original structure: each chapter is driven by its own narrative trope—the haunted house, erotica, the bildungsroman—through which Machado holds the events up to the light and examines them from different angles. She looks back at her religious adolescence, unpacks the stereotype of lesbian relationships as safe and utopian, and widens the view with essayistic explorations of the history and reality of abuse in queer relationships.

Machado’s dire narrative is leavened with her characteristic wit, playfulness, and openness to inquiry. She casts a critical eye over legal proceedings, fairy tales, Star Trek, and Disney villains, as well as iconic works of film and fiction. The result is a wrenching, riveting book that explodes our ideas about what a memoir can do and be.

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ISBN
978-1-64445-003-1
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Hardcover
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264
Trim Size
6 x 9
A revolutionary memoir about domestic abuse by the award-winning author of Her Body and Other Parties

About the Author

Carmen Maria Machado
Credit: Art Streiber / AUGUST

Carmen Maria Machado is the author of Her Body and Other Parties, a finalist for the National Book Award. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, she is the writer in residence at the University of Pennsylvania and lives in Philadelphia with her wife.

https://carmenmariamachado.com/

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Carmen Maria Machado appearing at Politics & Prose

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Politics & Prose in Washington, DCview map
In conversation with Jeannie Vanasco. This event is free and open to the public. 

Carmen Maria Machado appearing at Dynasty Typewriter

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Dynasty Typewriter in Los Angeles, CAview map
In conversation with Kima Jones. Presented by PEN America and Skylight Books. Tickets start at $22.

Carmen Maria Machado reading at The New School

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New School in New York, NYview map
Moderated by Alexandra Kleeman. Location: Wollman Hall.

Carmen Maria Machado appearing as part of The New Republic's Salon at The Strand

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In conversation with Rumaan Alam. 

Carmen Maria Machado appearing as part of the Franklin Park Reading Series

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Franklin Park Bar and Beer Garden in Brooklyn, NYview map
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Carmen Maria Machado appearing at Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures

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Location: Carnegie Music Hall. Tickets start at $15. 

Carmen Maria Machado appearing at Powell's City of Books

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Powell's - Burnside in Portland, ORview map
In conversation with Lidia Yuknavitch. This event is free and open to the public. 

Carmen Maria Machado appearing as part of the Seattle Arts & Lectures Women You Need to Know reading series

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Seattle Arts & Lectures in Seattle, WAview map
Location: Town Hall. Tickets start at $20.

Carmen Maria Machado appearing as part of the Imprint Houston reading series

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In conversation with Carolyn Forche´ for Imprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series. Location: Alley Theater. Tickets will go on sale at noon on November 12th. 

Carmen Maria Machado appearing at the Austin Public Library

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Austin Public Library / Central in Austin, TXview map
Location: Central Library. Presented by the Austin Public Library Foundation and BookPeople. This event is free and open to the public. Guest that purchase a copy of In the Dream House from BookPeople in advance or at the event will have high priority in the signing line. 

Carmen Maria Machado appearing as part of The Believer Presents

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Writer's Block Bookstore in Winter Park, FLview map
In conversation with The Believer deputy editor Niela Orr. Presented by The Black Mountain Institute, The Writer's Block, and The Believer. This event is free and open to the public, but reservation is required. 

Carmen Maria Machado appearing at City Lights Bookseller

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City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco, CAview map
In conversation with Esmé Weijun Wang. This event is free and open to the public. 

Carmen Maria Machado appearing as part of Western Carolina University Spring Festival

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Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NCview map

Praise

  • “Breathtakingly inventive. . . . Machado’s writing, with its heat and precise command of tone, has always had a sentient quality. But what makes In the Dream House a particularly self-aware structure—which is to say, a true haunted house—is the intimation that it is critiquing itself in real time. . . . Here and in her short stories, Machado subjects the contemporary world to the logic of dreaming.”—Katy Waldman, The New Yorker
  • “A tour-de-force meditation on trauma, survival and the language we use to talk about it all.”—TIME, Best Books of 2019
     
  • “Machado’s wit and compulsive post-mortem approach configure her story into a wildly propulsive memoir, an ambulatory survey of the genre.”—New York Times Book Review
     
  • In the Dream House is the kind of book that burrows under the reader's skin while simultaneously forcing her to inhabit the body of the writer.”NPR.org
     
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