In the Dream House : A Memoir - Carmen Maria Machado

In the Dream House

A Memoir

By: Carmen Maria Machado

Paperback | 1 October 2020

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A revolutionary memoir about domestic abuse by the prizewinning author of Her Body and Other Parties.

In the Dream House is Carmen Maria Machado's engrossing and wildly innovative account of a relationship gone bad. Tracing the full arc of a harrowing experience with a charismatic but volatile woman, this is a bold dissection of the mechanisms and cultural representations of psychological abuse.

Each chapter views the relationship through a different lens, as Machado holds events up to the light and examines them from distinct angles. She casts a critical eye over legal proceedings, fairy tales, Star Trek and Disney villains, as well as iconic works of film and fiction, infusing all with her characteristic wit, playfulness and openness to enquiry. The result is a powerful book that explodes our ideas about what a memoir can do and be.

About the Author

Carmen Maria Machado is a fiction writer, critic, and essayist whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Guernica, Electric Literature, The Paris Review, AGNI, NPR, Gulf Coast, Los Angeles Review of Books, VICE, and elsewhere.

She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the Michener-Copernicus Foundation, the Elizabeth George Foundation, the CINTAS Foundation, the Speculative Literature Foundation, the University of Iowa and the Millay Colony for the Arts.

She is the Artist in Residence at the University of Pennsylvania, and lives in Philadelphia with her partner.
Industry Reviews
A tender, incandescent memoir like no other. There's no doubt that Machado is one of the brightest literary talents around.
Johanna Thomas-Corr * Observer *

Absolutely remarkable ... What makes this book truly exceptional is how Machado creates an archive where, shamefully, there is none
Roxane Gay

This book is devastating. Machado is a sublime, phenomenal, breathtakingly good writer and a new work by her is a momentous occasion.
Daisy Johnson

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