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In the Dream House

by Carmen Maria Machado

Biography / Autobiography

In the Dream House Synopsis

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.

In the Dream House Press 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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ISBN: 9781788162258
Publication date: 01/10/2020
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781788162258
Publication date: 1st October 2020
Author: Carmen Maria Machado
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 304 pages
Genres: Biography / Autobiography,
Collections: 40 unmissable magic realist reads - “It’s real-life, but not as we know it”,
Categories: Memoirs,

About Carmen Maria Machado

Carmen Maria Machado is the author of Her Body and Other Parties, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the National Book Critics Circle's John Leonard Prize. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and is the writer-in-residence at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where she lives with her wife.

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