Her Body and Other Parties

Her Body and Other Parties


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, MN, Graywolf Press,, 2017.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781555977887
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.

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.

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.

Nov 15, 2017

This trashy work of short stories is nothing but pornography.

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.

Nov 04, 2017

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

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