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Her Body and Other Parties

Carmen Maria Machado
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 naively 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.

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A highly anticipated debut by “one of the most ferociously gifted young writers working today” (Michelle Huneven)

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Carmen Maria Machado
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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.

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Upcoming Events

Unrealism: The True Art of Fantastic Fiction at AWP 2019

Oregon Convention Center in Portland, ORview map
A panel with Kathryn Davis, Mark Doten, Carmen Maria Machado, and Lucy Corin. Moderated by Ethan Nosowsky. Location: Oregon Ballroom 201-202, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2.

Graywolf at 45: New York Literary Soiree

The Century Association in New York, NYview map

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).

Join us for a brilliant evening featuring three of Graywolf's most influential and best-selling authors, with delicious passed appetizers, wine, and cocktails. As Graywolf looks back on forty-five years of adventurous publishing, help us celebrate becoming a destination press for some of the most ground-breaking writers of our time.

Tickets on sale starting March 1, 2019. Single tickets are $275, and two or more tickets are $250 each ($75 of each ticket is not tax-deductible). Sponsorships are available starting at $1,000; to learn more, contact Rachel Fulkerson at

All proceeds support Graywolf Press, a nonprofit publisher committed to the discovery and energetic publication of twenty-first century American and international literature.


  • “[An] imaginative and enjoyable collection, which charts dark territory with enormous style, wit, and storytelling panache.”—John Powers, NPR “Fresh Air”
  • Finalist for the 2017 National Book Award for Fiction
    Winner of the National Book Critics Circle's 2017 John Leonard Prize
    Winner of the 2017 Bard Fiction Prize
    Finalist for the 2017 Kirkus Prize
    Finalist for the 2017 PEN/Robert Bingham Award
  • “[Machado’s] use of a vivid experimental lens to show women struggling for agency is startling.”The New Yorker
  • “Part science fiction, part fantasy and all fun, Machado’s stories deal with the sometimes unbelievable reality of being a woman . . . in a way that is entirely her own.”—NBC "Today Show"
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