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Join us for an evening with National Book Award Finalist & Guggenheim Fellow Carmen Maria Machado

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly presents:

Carmen Maria Machado launches In The Dream House
La Sala Rossa, 4848 St Laurent Blvd, Montreal, QC H2T 1R5
lundi 9 décembre à 19h


Book + Ticket Combo: $24.95+ tx
*Includes 1 General Admission + 1 Copy of IN THE DREAM HOUSE by Carmen Maria Machado (to be picked up at the event)

General Admission : $15+tx

(Présentation en anglais)

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. She lives in Philadelphia with her wife.

A revolutionary memoir about domestic abuse by the award-winning author of Her Body and Other Parties.

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–haunted houses, erotica, bildungsroman–in 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 about 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, Star Trek and Disney villains, fairy tales, 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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