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And radically inventive memoir Machado tackles a dark and difficult subject with wit inventiveness and an inuiring spirit as she uses a seri Contemplative and inventive In the Dream House dispels the silence surrounding abusive ueer relationships In her debut memoir Machado recounts the violence she endured for years at the hands of her first girlfriend a rail thin androgynous unnamed white woman who routinely invalidated and gaslighted her Written in arresting prose the work unfolds in a series of terse terrifying sections each of which centers on a single trope from the conceptual Epiphany Memory Void to the generic Murder Mystery Noir Bildungsroman As she moves back and forth in time viewing the bond from several angles Machado embeds cultural criticism and theory into her story considering the ways in which abuse toward and among women specifically lesbians is and is not represented With great subtlety the writer captures the power dynamics at the heart of her relationship and her commentary on American culture is sharp Dangerous Melody (Treasure Seekers years at the hands of her first girlfriend a rail thin androgynous unnamed white woman who routinely invalidated and gaslighted her Written in arresting prose the work unfolds in a series of terse terrifying sections each of which centers on a single trope from the conceptual Epiphany Memory Void to the generic Murder Mystery Noir Bildungsroman As she moves back and forth in time viewing the bond from several angles Machado embeds cultural criticism and theory into her story considering the ways in which abuse toward and among women specifically lesbians is and is not represented With great subtlety the writer captures the power dynamics at the heart of her relationship and her commentary on American culture is sharp

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For years Carmen Maria Machado has struggled to articulate her experiences in an abusive same sex relationship In this extraordinarily candid exuisite cannot recommend highly enough


About the Author: Carmen Maria Machado

Carmen Maria Machado's debut short story collection Her Body and Other Parties was a finalist for the National Book Award the Kirkus Prize LA Times Book Prize Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction the Dylan Thomas Prize and the PENRobert W Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and the winner of the Bard Fiction Prize the National Book Critics Circle's John Leonard Prize and the Crawford Awar



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  1. says:

    With exacting exuisite prose Carmen Maria Machado writes about the complexities of abuse in ueer relationships in her absolutely remarkable memoir In The Dream House She deftly chronicles the wildness of succumbing to desire the entrancing tenderness of loving and being loved the fragility of hope and the unspeakable horror when the woman you love is a monster beneath and on the surface of her skin What makes this book truly ex

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    exuisite cannot recommend highly enough

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    “If you need this book it is for you” so opens Machado’s star bright and exuisitely crafted memoir “In the Dream House” the words like a hand on the reader’s backVery few works of writing are fraught tremulous and dauntless than a memoir It’s mental self flagellation the prying open of one’s life the splitting of th

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    YES YES YES A 1000x better than expected and I expected nothing short of holy scriptureMonths earlier I stumbled upon the description and knew this book would be monumental As early reviews crept in my anticipation grew I had my Kindle fully charged and stayed up until midnight so I could start reading the second it releas

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    Contemplative and inventive In the Dream House dispels the silence surrounding abusive ueer relationships In her debut memoir Machado recounts

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    You enjoy reading memoirs because you like to get a better understanding of people how they think and feel to learn different perspectives You are lesbian and particularly enjoy memoirs by people in the LGBT community You see this memoir come out ha ha about a lesbian relationship and you notice a lot of people really love it You assume you will too You read and read and you don't ever get inside the author'

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    In the Dream House is a most unmemoir like memoir This account of Carmen Maria Machado’s years in an abusive same sex relationship plays with form blending elements of literary criticism pop culture essays folk tales and the shadowy worlds of her short fiction To tell this real life story Machado cleaves herself in two the first person present day “I” — settled successful safe — addresses the second person past “you” This tex

  8. says:

    Wow this is a very powerful memoir about an abusive same sex relationship I listened to the audiobook for this and this story was honestly felt like reading her diary it was so raw and honest and devastating plus the writing is absolutely gorgeous I haven't read about abuse in a same sex relationship before so this book definitely shines a light on something very importantBut with uotes like this one I was blown away by

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    This was absolutely incredible Just wow

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    Winner of the Lambda Award for LGBT Nonfiction 2020In this intimate formally experimental memoir Machado recalls how she survived an abusive relationship but gives her own experiences a wider context As she illustrates by giving examples from real life art and scientific texts violence in lesbian relationships has rarely been acknow

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