Mini Book Review: HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES by Carmen Maria Machado

Janelle Belletrist, Book Reviews, Fantasy, Feminism, Finished Copy, Graywolf Press, Horror, Literary Fiction, Short Stories Leave a Comment

“I called her two days later, never having believed more firmly in love at first sight, in destiny. When she laughed on the other end of the line, something inside of me cracked open, and I let her step inside.”

I could not stop thinking about this mysterious collection of short stories! This was Belletrist’s December pick and I devoured it! I honestly could not stop thinking about this book after I read it. It has everything from feminism to surrealism to horror. The stories are unique, interesting, eerie, and beautifully written. Did I mention, I absolutely LOVED this collection?!! My favorite stories are Eight Bites, This Husband Stitch, Inventory, Difficult at Parties, The Resident, and Real Women Have Bodies. 

“I once heard a story about a girl who requested something so vile from her paramour that he told her family and they had her hauled her off to a sanatorium. I don’t know what deviant pleasure she asked for, though I desperately wish I did. What magical thing could you want so badly they take you away from the known world for wanting it?”

I rate this book 5 / 5 stars!

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