It’s not very often that a short story collection will have the power to shock, astound and delight, but Carmen Maria Machado’s wonderful debut does just that. From an inventory of past lovers which casually alludes to a sinister present, to a delightfully quirky deconstruction of a TV detective series, these stories are like nothing you’ve ever read before.
Picked by John
In her provocative debut, Carmen Maria Machado demolishes the borders between magical realism and science fiction, comedy and horror, fantasy and fabulism. A wife refuses her husband’s entreaties to remove the mysterious green ribbon from around her neck.
A woman recounts her sexual encounters as a plague spreads across the earth. A salesclerk in a mall makes a horrifying discovery about a store’s dresses. One woman’s surgery-induced weight loss results in an unwanted house guest.
A dark, shimmering slice into womanhood, Her Body and Other Parties is wicked and exquisite.