In the Dream House
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Carmen Maria Machado
A revolutionary memoir about domestic abuse by the award-winning author of Her Body and Other PartiesIn 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.
Carmen Maria Machado
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"This book is extremely powerful in putting into the words the damage of emotional abuse in a romantic relationship. Machado jumps from her experience to a wealth of references, definitely a strong suit for her, but not my favorite style. My favorite chapter that reinforced the emotional depth was “dream house as a choose your own adventure”"
"i did not expect to relate to this as much as i did, and it broke my heart. this was one of the most interesting memoirs i have ever read, and i loved the setup of it. it was definitely difficult to get through, but in the best way, the way that makes you stop and think after everything you’ve just read."
"Buenas reflexiones de lo que autora pasó como una lesbiana en una relación de abuso 3/5"
"This was a powerhouse of a memoir. It's not what I expected. But it has beautiful writing and an important message especially to me as someone who is LGBTQ+. This book could've been summed up to be a lot shorter. But this book feels personal, like it was written by the author, for the author. And that's what makes it special and so beautiful."