Wednesday, November 6

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Carmen Maria Machado

Carmen Maria Machado


In the Dream House:
A Memoir

in conversation with KELLY LINK

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This event includes a book signing

Harvard Book Store welcomes CARMEN MARIA MACHADO—the bestselling, award-winning author of Her Body and Other Parties—for a discussion of her highly anticipated new memoir, In the Dream House. She will be joined in conversation by KELLY LINK, master of short fiction and fantasy. This event is co-sponsored by Mass Humanities.

About In the Dream House

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―the haunted house, erotica, the bildungsroman―through 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 of 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, fairy tales, Star Trek, and Disney villains, 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.

Praise for In the Dream House

“A groundbreaking memoir in terms of both form and content. . . . Get ready for Machado to take you on several breakneck cross-country trips of the soul.” ―The Observer

“Carmen Maria Machado has re-imagined the memoir genre, creating a work of art both breathtakingly inventive and urgently true. In the Dream House is crucial queer testimony. I’ve never read a book like it.” ―Alex Marzano-Lesnevich

“Machado’s prose is stellar as always, equal parts sensitive and staggering. Her Body and Other Parties stunned me, but this ripped me apart in a completely different way. Machado takes this unwritten collective history and gives it new meaning, new perspective, and a new sense of closure, for me and so many others who have had these experiences linger open-ended for so long.” —Nat M., Harvard Book Store bookseller

Co-Sponsored by Mass Humanities

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Carmen Maria Machado

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.


Kelly Link

Kelly Link is the author of the story collections Get in Trouble, Stranger Things Happen, and Magic for Beginners. Her stories have been published in The Best American Short Stories, the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards. Link is the cofounder of Small Beer Press. She has won the Nebula and World Fantasy awards and has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Born in Miami, Florida, she now lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Photo Credit: Sharona Jacobs