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In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado

In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado


In the Dream House is Carmen Maria Machado's engrossing and wildly innovative account of a relationship gone bad. Tracing the full arc of a harrowing experience with a charismatic but volatile woman, this is a bold dissection of the mechanisms and cultural representations of psychological abuse.

Each chapter views the relationship through a different lens, as Machado holds events up to the light and examines them from distinct angles. She casts a critical eye over legal proceedings, fairy tales, Star Trek and Disney villains, as well as iconic works of film and fiction, infusing all with her characteristic wit, playfulness and openness to enquiry. The result is a powerful book that explodes our ideas about what a memoir can do and be.


From the author of the short story collection Her Body & Other Parties, an unmissable memoir.




'Ravishingly beautiful' - Observer


'Excruciatingly honest and yet vibrantly creative' - Irish Times

'Provocative and rich' - Economist

'Daring, chilling, and unlike anything else you've ever read' - Esquire

'An absolute must-read for 2020' - Stylist

  • Details

    Imprint: Serpent's Tail

    Publication Date: 1 October 2020

    ISBN: 9781788162258

    Pages: 304

    Type: Paperback

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