Her Body and Other Parties

Her Body and Other Parties

Stories

Book - 2017
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Contains short stories about the realities of women's lives and the violence visited upon their bodies.
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, ©2017
ISBN: 9781555977887
155597788X
Characteristics: 245 pages ;,21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Machado, Carmen Maria

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I wanted to like this book, and don't get me wrong there were short stories I did enjoy. However that was only two or three. The rest were just a little abstract for my tastes. I did like the fact that there were diverse relationships. Also The Inventory was probably my favourite story in the collect.

That being said I think the meta experience that was based on Law & Order: SVU really killed my moment and ultimately this this book just wasn't my thing but if you like the absurdly weird stories might be worth a shot.

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excaliburrom
Mar 02, 2018

Really good, sexually charged, dark, weird fiction. Lots of interesting stories and ideas in this collection. A Must-Read. REALLY didn't like the law & order story, but everyone else seems to love it, and the other stories are amazing, so make up for that one dud.

KateHillier Feb 19, 2018

Here be a whole bunch of really weird stories. A writer's retreat to the protagonist's old Girl Scout Camp takes that old Brownie rhyme to the max. Dresses with the last material you would expect. A woman with a green ribbon around her neck that she will not let her husband touch. A story of a pandemic of some kind told through a list of sexual encounters. Everything is weird and unsettling no matter how innocuous the story. I loved every second of it.

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kathylou
Jan 23, 2018

some very clever stories but way too much sex (a lot of it pretty sad too) for my taste. I like a little sex in a story but don't enjoy a short story collection that is pretty much just stories about sex.

SPL_Liz Jan 11, 2018

The stories that I loved from this book I really loved. They are rich with imagery and addressed larger questions of love, motherhood, ageing, body image, mental health, and feminism. I found her writing captivating and her stories elicited a lot of different feelings. I had to slow down to read them. Some I enjoyed reading a second time. Some I can't stop thinking about. Much of her writing is sexually explicit. Very good writing. Pretty dark subject matter.

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made_up_name
Nov 15, 2017

This trashy work of short stories is nothing but pornography.

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dcbrunelle
Nov 14, 2017

Remarkable writing applied to stories which did not have much appeal for me. Too many first-person narrators relating stories of self-defeat and self-loathing. Most of these tales have a heavy undercurrent of rather obsessive sexuality. I'm not prude but I would have preferred variety.

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laphampeak
Nov 04, 2017

Inventive and imaginative. Each story as creative and interesting as the next.

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