In the Dream House is an incredible follow-up to the glorious Her Body and Other Parties. Carmen Maria Machado has written an honest and harrowing memoir about her psychologically abusive relationship. Machado contrasts her memories with true examples of oppression in queer history and with narrative tropes. A beautiful exploration of the reality of abuse in queer relationships and a necessary account that subverts any idea of what a memoir can be.— Natalie O.
In The Dream House is nothing short of perfect. Carmen Maria Machado (author of the acclaimed short story collection Her Body and Other Parties) takes her experience of living in an emotionally abusive queer relationship, a story that by nature should be unpalatable, and instead tells a tale that is rich with language, deeply relatable, socially important and daringly funny. This is an honest and visceral look at abuse, with ruminations on queer identity, corruption of memory, and a little choose your own adventure that fittingly leaves you with no choice at all. This book is fantastic and I want everyone to read it.— Tori
“Welcome to the Dream House in this daring new kind of memoir that defies boundaries and boldly discards the conventions of genre. Inside, Carmen Maria Machado bares her soul in all of its pain and beauty, offering an intimate and profoundly vulnerable look at her own life, love, and sexuality. Machado has a gift for exposing the raw nerves and small miracles lurking beneath the surface of our daily lives. Her words move with a strange kind of urgency, surreal and yet true, like late-night phone calls when the rest of the world is asleep. I didn’t feel like I was reading a book so much as observing a person’s innermost thoughts. In the Dream House is a unique and extraordinary book.”
— Jason Foose, Changing Hands, Tempe, AZ