In the Dream House

In the Dream House

A Memoir

Book - 2019
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A revolutionary memoir about domestic abuse by the award-winning 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, and a bold dissection of the mechanisms and cultural representations of psychological abuse. Tracing the full arc of a harrowing relationship with a charismatic but volatile woman, Machado struggles to make sense of how what happened to her shaped the person she was becoming.

And it's that struggle that gives the book its original structure: each chapter is driven by its own narrative trope--the haunted house, erotica, the bildungsroman--through which Machado holds the events up to the light and examines them from different angles. She looks back at her religious adolescence, unpacks the stereotype of lesbian relationships as safe and utopian, and widens the view with essayistic explorations of the history and reality of abuse in queer relationships.

Machado's dire narrative is leavened with her characteristic wit, playfulness, and openness to inquiry. She casts a critical eye over legal proceedings, fairy tales, Star Trek , and Disney villains, as well as iconic works of film and fiction. The result is a wrenching, riveting book that explodes our ideas about what a memoir can do and be.

Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, [2019]
ISBN: 9781644450031
1644450038
Branch Call Number: B M1803M 2019
Characteristics: 247 pages ; 24 cm

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Adult Nonfiction. “In this daringly structured and ruthlessly inquisitive memoir, Machado (Her Body and Other Parties) examines an abusive relationship with an eye to both personal truth and cultural assumption. She is writing to record her experience of queer sexuality and intimate psychological... Read More »


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