|Author||Carmen Maria Machado|
|October 3, 2017|
Her Body and Other Parties is a 2017 short story collection by Carmen Maria Machado, published by Graywolf Press. It won the Shirley Jackson Award, and was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction. The story "The Husband Stitch" was nominated for the Nebula Award for Best Novelette.
In an interview with The Paris Review, Machado talked about her inspiration for the novella Especially Heinous where she re-imagined episodes of Law & Order: SVU: "My initial idea was to rewrite the existing episode descriptions in slightly surreal versions. So I looked up the little capsule descriptions of the episodes, and I was trying to manipulate them to make them surreal, but it was too restrictive. Then I realized that all the titles are one-word titles. And what if I just use the titles? I put only the titles all in a row, and then just started writing and imagining Benson and Stabler."
|Story||Originally published in|
|"The Husband Stitch"||Granta|
|"Especially Heinous"||The American Reader|
|"Real Women Have Bodies"||Original|
|"Eight Bites"||Gulf Coast|
|"Difficult At Parties"||Original|
Literary significance and reception
Critical reviews were extremely positive.
Parul Sehgal wrote, "It’s a wild thing, this book, covered in sequins and scales, blazing with the influence of fabulists from Angela Carter to Kelly Link and Helen Oyeyemi, and borrowing from science fiction, queer theory and horror." A review in Slate said, "In eight searingly original stories, Machado uses the literary techniques of horror and science fiction to expose the truth about our modern parables: that they’re as grotesque and enchanting as any classic fairy tale."
Novelist Kathleen Rooney, writing in The Chicago Tribune, wrote, "In her twistedly original and thrilling debut short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado blends both the terrifying and the horrible into a psychologically realistic and darkly comic mixture."
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- "Her Body and Other Parties". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2019-08-13.
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- Kane, Lauren (2017-10-03). "Pleasure Principles: An Interview with Carmen Maria Machado". The Paris Review. Retrieved 2019-08-13.
- "The Husband Stitch". Granta Magazine. 2014-10-28. Retrieved 2019-08-13.
- words, Carmen Maria Machado Issue: 14 January 2013 3512 (2013-01-14). "Inventory". Strange Horizons. Retrieved 2019-08-13.
- "MothersCarmen Maria Machado". Interfictions Online. Retrieved 2019-08-13.
- "Especially Heinous: 272 Views of Law & Order SVU | The American Reader". theamericanreader.com. Retrieved 2019-08-13.
- "Eight Bites - Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts". texas.gulfcoastmag.org. Retrieved 2019-08-13.
- Sehgal, Parul (2017-10-04). "Fairy Tales About the Fears Within". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-08-14.
- Caplan-Bricker, Nora (2017-10-16). "This Stunning Debut Collection Is Full of Fairy Tales That Feel Eerily Apt for 2017". Slate Magazine. Retrieved 2019-08-14.
- Rooney, Kathleen. "Carmen Maria Machado's debut collection thrills". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 2019-08-14.
- "'Her Body And Other Parties:' Be Your Own Madwoman". NPR.org. Retrieved 2019-08-14.