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Publisher's Summary

Nominated for The Rathbones Folio Prize.

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.

©2019 Carmen Maria Machado (P)2019 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

Critic Reviews

"A dark jewel reflecting something startling - familiar and strange." (Guardian)

"Ravishingly beautiful." (Observer)

"Excruciatingly honest and yet vibrantly creative." (Irish Times)

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Beautifully Told Story

Amazing! Such a well written memoir. Undoubtedly difficult to express the intensities of the abusive relationship and surrounding emotions and Carmen did it with grace that displayed strength in vulnerability. Finished the book in one sitting, entirely immersed.

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An important and beautiful account

This book is challenging, painfully beautiful, and challenges the reader to expand their understanding of humanity. The imagery and metaphors are stunning. I also liked the author reading her own memoir

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mixed feelings

what I liked about this book was the honest and compelling account of an abusive relationship and the broader issues around violence in queer relationships. but i found the constant refrain of 'dream house as...' incredibly irritating and i wasn't sure about some of the content towards the end of the book - some of it didnt feel very relevant or necessary.

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a touch stone for queer women

A touch stone for queer women or for a person who wants to understand a queer women's experience with domestic abuse. this book gave me solice in my darkest time. So poteticly beautiful , engaging story you will be twisted and spun, with a friend holding your hand through out.

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