Her Body and Other Parties

Carmen Maria Machado

fiction fantasy feminism horror magical realism short stories
dark reflective slow-paced

256 pages | first published 2017

In Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado demolishes the borders between magical realism and science fiction, comedy and horror, fantasy and fabulism. In this provocative debut, startling narratives map the realities of women's lives and the violence visited on their bodies.

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 the store's prom dresses. One woman's surgery-induced weight loss results in an unwanted house guest.

Sexy and caustic, comic and cut-throat, Her Body and Other Parties is brilliant, disturbing and exquisite.

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Moods

dark 93%
mysterious 60%
emotional 50%
reflective 49%
challenging 43%
tense 43%
sad 22%
funny 8%
inspiring 5%
adventurous 4%
hopeful 0%
informative 0%
lighthearted 0%

Pace

medium 64%
fast 20%
slow 15%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 45% | A mix: 37% | N/A: 10% | Plot: 6%

Strong character development?

It's complicated: 46% | Yes: 28% | N/A: 21% | No: 4%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 66% | Yes: 16% | No: 12% | N/A: 4%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 83% | It's complicated: 6% | N/A: 5% | No: 5%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 67% | It's complicated: 19% | N/A: 8% | No: 3%

Average rating

3.94