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Her Body and Other Parties is Carmen Maria Machado’s first book-length work of fiction, and has won her international acclaim, but the Philadelphia-based writer is also an essayist and critic who writes for the New YorkerGrantaParis ReviewVICE and more. She talks fiction, fabulism and body language with host Angela Meyer.

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Carmen Maria Machado and her short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties

Gory, macabre and surreal, Her Body and Other Parties is for readers who like their fiction weird.

Machado’s debut short-story collection – which blends science fiction, horror, erotica and fairytale – is a work of bravura originality. It’s a book about the claimed and contested female body, and about the thrills and dangers of the flesh. With queer women front and centre, Machado’s stories are somehow both brutal and uplifting.

‘It’s a wild thing, this book, covered in sequins and scales, blazing with the influence of fabulists from Angela Carter to Kelly Link and Helen Oyeyemi,’ Parul Sehgal wrote in the New York Times.

Photo of host Angela Meyer, and Carmen Maria Machado

Angela Meyer and Carmen Maria Machado

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Carmen Maria Machado

Carmen Maria Machado is a fiction writer, critic, and essayist whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, Granta, Guernica, Electric Literature, the Paris Review, AGNI, NPR, Gulf Coast, Los Angeles Review of Books, VICE, and elsewhere.

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Angela Meyer

Angela Meyer’s writing has been widely published, including in Best Australian StoriesIsland, the Big Issue, the Australian, the Lifted Brow and Killings. Her debut novel A Superior Spectre will be released in August 2018 (Peter Bishop Books/Ventura). She has previously published a book of flash fiction, Captives (Inkerman & Blunt). By day she works as a commissioning editor and is behind books like The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris, Resurrection Bay by Emma Viskic and Ida by Alison Evans. She lives in Melbourne.

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