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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
Format
Hardcover
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Pages
272
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. Her work has appeared in Granta, the New YorkerGuernicaTin House, and elsewhere. She has received the Bard Fiction Prize, and been a finalist for the Kirkus Prize, the Shirley Jackson Award, and Nebula Award. She lives in Philadelphia with her wife.

https://carmenmariamachado.com/

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Celebrate Graywolf's forty-five years of publishing history and toast to three of our literary stars

The 2019 Graywolf Literary Soirée will feature Carmen Maria Machado (Her Body and Other PartiesIn the Dream House), Max Porter (LannyGrief Is the Thing With Feathers), and Tracy K. Smith (Wade in the WaterAmerican Journal).

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Praise

  • “It’s a testament to Carmen Maria Machado’s abilities that a memoir as harrowing as In the Dream House can also be so energizing to read, so propulsive.”—Kevin Brockmeier
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