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Her Body and Other Parties

Narrated by: Amy Landon
Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
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Summary

In her provocative debut, Carmen Maria Machado demolishes the borders between magical realism and science fiction, comedy and horror, fantasy and fabulism. 

Startling narratives map the realities of women's lives and the violence visited on their bodies, both in myth and in practice. A wife refuses her husband's entreaties to remove the mysterious green ribbon from around her neck. A woman recounts her sexual encounters as a plague spreads across the earth. A salesclerk in a mall makes a horrifying discovery about a store's dresses. One woman's surgery-induced weight loss results in an unwanted house guest. Bodies become inconsequential, humans become monstrous, anger becomes erotic. 

A dark, shimmering slice into womanhood, Her Body and Other Parties is wicked and exquisite.

©2017 Carmen Maria Machado (P)2017 HighBridge, a Division of Recorded Books

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great writing

The recording sounds clipped and is hard to follow at times but excellent short story writing

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Modern women's gothic

Carmen Maria Machado has taken contemporary daily life for western women and woven deliciously gothic elements into it to create a dark and menacing yet eerily familiar collection of tales. There are absolute flashes of brilliance but too many of the stories outstay their welcome. I understand the plaudits this book has received but it didn't quite live up to the hype for me. I have high hopes for future work from Machado though.

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Don't waste a credit or your time on this book.

I got this book to enjoy over the Halloween period, it was recommended on a book review tv programme, I was looking forward to a scare at bedtime. I found it to be confusing and bitterly disappointing....avoid it!

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  • Lin
  • 04-08-18

Beautiful, haunting stories

Machado is a gifted writer and a fantastic storyteller. These stories are beautiful and haunting, and they always have a critical eye to the era that birthed them. They are fiercely feminist and equally funny and heartbreaking. My only quibble is that this collection does not strike me as all that well suited for audio book'ing; many of them are meta tales about the acts of writing and reading, which makes listening to them rather than reading them less satisfying. An example is the story 'Especially Heinous', which consists of small vignettes/episode synopses, which means that the narrator has to constantly reign in the pace and speak yet another title, and to me this ruined the flow of the story somewhat. Another example is 'The Husband Stitch', which begins with a guide on HOW to read the story aloud, which makes listening to the story being read aloud a fun experience, but also takes something away from the imagination that would otherwise have been needed in order to fashion the voices oneself and following the increasingly ridiculous and dangerous instructions (which one cannot possibly follow, of course, but as a reader, one would be presented to them as something one would have to consider and then reject - or not, of course, that is up to you).
All in all, I wish I'd read the stories instead of having them read to me, but under any circumstances: better listened to than not experienced at all.

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