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Her body and other parties [sound recording] : stories /

by Machado, Carmen Maria [author.]; Landon, Amy [narrator.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelSoundPublisher: [Minneapolis, MN] : HighBridge Audio, [2017]Edition: Unabridged.Description: 7 audio discs (8.5 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.ISBN: 9781681686882; 1681686880.Uniform titles: Short stories. Selections.Subject(s): Women -- Fiction | Women -- Identity -- Fiction | Man-woman relationships -- Fiction | Feminism -- Fiction | Compact discs | Audiobooks | Fantasy fiction | Fiction | Horror fiction | Psychological fiction | Short stories | Short stories | Psychological fiction | Fantasy fiction | Horror fiction | Audiobooks | Fantasy fiction
Contents:
The Husband stitch -- Inventory -- Mothers -- Especially heinous -- Real women have bodies -- Eight bites -- The resident -- Difficult at parties.
Read by Amy Landon.Summary: In this electric and provocative debut, Carmen Maria 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 naïvely assumed had shown it all, generating a phantasmagoric police procedural full of doppelgängers, ghosts, and girls with bells for eyes.
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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 na�vely assumed had shown it all, generating a phantasmagoric police procedural full of doppelg�ngers, ghosts, and girls with bells for eyes.

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Read by Amy Landon.

In this electric and provocative debut, Carmen Maria 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 naïvely assumed had shown it all, generating a phantasmagoric police procedural full of doppelgängers, ghosts, and girls with bells for eyes.

The Husband stitch -- Inventory -- Mothers -- Especially heinous -- Real women have bodies -- Eight bites -- The resident -- Difficult at parties.

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Library Journal Review

This strange and unsettling debut short story collection is serenely interpreted by narrator Amy Landon. This finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction is a weird blend of horror, comedy, dystopia, and fantasy, all served with a massive blend of sex and death. Those who grew up on fairy tales will recognize the wife who categorically refuses to allow her husband to remove the ribbon from around her neck until the day she does, and the predictable happens. A woman lists her many sexual encounters in a dispassionate sort of biography as a plague crosses the United States, finally reaching her little island of safety in Maine. There is a long story wherein every episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is described in an incredibly eerie and imaginative way. The visceral and explicit writing is read in a dispassionate tone by Landon. This is the only possible way that this book would work as a recording-the blend of horror, erotica, love stories, sadness, and satire could only be read by an impassive voice, allowing the listener to settle in to the strangeness and boundary-breaking aspects of each piece. VERDICT Reactions will vary, but astonishment over the sheer artistry and deftness of juggling a number of genres will reign supreme. Purchase where short stories or horror are popular. ["This brilliant debut compilation showcases a fresh literary voice": LJ 10/1/17 starred review of the Graywolf hc.]-B. Allison Gray, Santa Barbara P.L., Goleta Branch, CA © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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