In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado audiobook

In the Dream House: A Memoir

By Carmen Maria Machado
Read by Carmen Maria Machado

Highbridge Audio 9781644450031
5.49 Hours 1
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In 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.

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Summary

Summary

A Time Magazine Best Book of the Year

An Atlantic Best Book of 2019

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week

Finalist for the Heartland Booksellers Award

In 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A tour-de-force meditation on trauma, survival and the language we use to talk about it all.” Time
“Breathtakingly inventive.” New Yorker
“Manages to break open nearly everything we think we know about abuse memoirs…The result is a gorgeously kaleidoscopic feat—not just of literature but of pure, uncut humanity.” Entertainment Weekly
“Machado’s wit and compulsive post-mortem approach configure her story into a wildly propulsive memoir, an ambulatory survey of the genre.” New York Times Book Review
“This book is a gift to the reader, to anyone suffering in violence that is hard to prove or name, and people looking for ways to tell their stories that have few or no precedents.” San Francisco Chronicle
“A story of psychological violence. The memoir is the rare blend of criticism and personal history that demonstrates the disorienting effects of a trauma, while also building a language with which to understand that devastation. It’s a book that will stay with me for years to come.” The Atlantic
“We need this book precisely because it’s so literary—enabling a view of domestic abuse, in the LGBT community and beyond, that only literature can manifest…[Machado] uses formal experimentation to extend [empathy] into moral and political territory.” Psychology Today
“Machado is able to captivate the reader while telling a brutally honest narrative of abuse.” Marie Claire

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Author

Author Bio: Carmen Maria Machado

Author Bio: Carmen Maria Machado

Carmen Maria Machado is the author of Her Body and Other Parties, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize. Her work has appeared in Granta, the New Yorker, NPR, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. She has been nominated for a Nebula Award and a Shirley Jackson Award, and was a finalist for the Calvino Prize.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 5.49
Audience: Adult
Language: English