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Satisfying: 1/5 because I really, really wanted to know more about this world and the ribbons but it is a short story so it ended RIGHT when i got invested. As short stories usually do for me. Oof. National Book Award / LA Times Book Prize Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction / PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction / World Fantasy Award / Kirkus Prize / Ferro-Grumley Award / Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction / Tiptree Award / Dylan Thomas Prize / Locus Award / Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire The anthology opens with a peculiar retelling of a classic horror legend: the woman with the ribbon around her throat, if you're familiar. The narrator carries us through her life: through meeting her significant other, wedding him, giving birth, the woes and beauties of motherhood, and more. In these formally brilliant and emotionally charged tales, Machado gives literal shape to women’s memories and hunger and desire. I couldn’t put it down.”—Karen Russell Her Body and Other Parties was published by Graywolf Press in the United States for the first time.

The Resident" is about a woman who drives into the mountains to take part in a funded fellowship for writers and artists so she can finish her novel. The residency also happens to be on the same lake she attended Girls Scouts camp at. Of course, the woman will experience strange things. Of course, the reader will wonder if what she's experiencing is real or has some Meaning. Of course, I hated this. Her Body and Other Parties is a collection of queer, feminist, horror short stories, that explore a number of common struggles and themes that plague our everyday lives as women. Using a variety of classic horror stories, urban legends, and contemporary shows, mixed with magical realism, fantasy, sci-fi, and dystopia, Machado writes of motherhood, femininity, societal expectations, and violence against both women's bodies and minds. It was strange, mesmerizing, haunting, and emotional, with riveting yet elegant prose. Characters, 5/5. The husband is a sweet, loving person, and even though we KNOW he will ultimately be her downfall (when he allows his curiosity to overcome him and that kills her), we still love him as the girl does. This is really impressive since usually, when I read a story about a woman falling for a man who is definitely going to be her downfall, it's just frustrating to watch and makes me angry. But this story is so well written, that I understand why she loves him even though his nature will kill her. so, i've found that horror can be written in very short stories and still be incredibly scary...so i went looking for horror shorts. I still don’t understand all of these stories and I’m not sure I’m suppose to... and a few I liked more than othersLccn 2017930115 Ocr tesseract 5.0.0-alpha-20201231-10-g1236 Ocr_detected_lang en Ocr_detected_lang_conf 1.0000 Ocr_detected_script Latin Ocr_detected_script_conf 0.8994 Ocr_module_version 0.0.13 Ocr_parameters -l eng Old_pallet IA400118 Openlibrary_edition That’s the problem, isn’t it? A woman’s body never exists in isolation. There is always her body, and there are also always all those other parties who believe they are entitled to it. Then there's the much-discussed and multi-award-nominated 'The Husband Stitch', a modern fable which updates the campfire tale 'The Green Ribbon'. Like the original, it is a horror story with a gruesome twist, but the true horrors here are ordinary ones: the husband's insistence that the wife have nothing of her own; the titular stitch itself. In striving for a fairytale flavour, Machado uses a mannered voice that renders her narrator smug and oddly prudish even as she recounts exhausting quantities of sex (a recurring motif, as you may already have guessed). I did enjoy her wry stage directions: 'If you are reading this story out loud, move aside the curtain to illustrate this final point to your listeners. It'll be raining, I promise.' Carmen Maria Machado's debut short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, was a finalist for the National Book Award, the Kirkus Prize, LA Times Book Prize Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, the Dylan Thomas Prize, and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, and the winner of the Bard Fiction Prize, the National Book Critics Circle's John Leonard Prize, and the Crawford Award. In 2018, the New York Times listed Her Body and Other Parties as a member of "The New Vanguard," one of "15 remarkable books by women that are shaping the way we read and write fiction in the 21st century."

The short story begins at a party where the narrator meets her future husband and the father to her child. Upon meeting the boy at the party, the two fall madly in love, and they freely explore each other's sexual desires. However, the narrator has set boundaries in terms of what she allows from him. One of her two rules in their relationship is that he must never touch or untie her ribbon. Despite her objections, her husband becomes obsessed with trying to touch and loosen the ribbon and tries at any chance he can get. This problem only gets worse for her when she gives birth to their son, as he also becomes increasingly curious of her ribbon.The ribbon is not a secret; it’s just mine,” she responds. She tells him not to touch it, but during sex he pins her to the bed and takes the ribbon in his hands. Perhaps it is somewhat plebeian of me to say so, but I preferred the stories with actual, you know, stories and a structural narrative. My favourites were the much-lauded "The Husband Stitch", "Eight Bites", and "Difficult At Parties". It is sometimes very strange how sex and coming are the most important things in scenes where it seems like far more important things are happening. It made it especially difficult to read through "Inventory", which is little more than a repetitive listing of unsexy sex throughout a woman's life.

The Husband Stitch" is a retelling of "The Green Ribbon" with emphasis on the demands men and society place on women, and their sense of entitlement toward women's bodies. I especially liked how the author played around with form, including stage directions for the reader who is “reading this story out loud”. Her Body and Other Parties comes under the Genre of Short Stories because it is basically a collection of short stories. this is truly one of the raddest pieces of writing i have ever read. i don't even know what to say. lovely writing, gorgeous allusions, wonderful style, brilliant structure, fantastic ending, genius title. a pitch-perfect retelling. i can't even deal. I had heard of the anthology Her Body and Other Parties that houses this story, but when I found this one online for free I decided to dive right in. I had no idea that it was based on Jenny and her infamous green ribbon

Carmen Maria Machado

Her Body and Other Parties is a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction, and it is truly the debut of a dazzling, fearless new voice in the world of short stories. While I wish I could talk to someone about what they think happened in some of the stories, I honestly can't stop thinking about the worlds Machado created, and how masterfully she reeled me into them. Sehgal, Parul (2017-10-04). "Fairy Tales About the Fears Within". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331 . Retrieved 2019-08-14. I do not even struggle to speak; the spark of words dies so deep in my chest there is not even space to mount them on an exhale.” pg. 238 Like most of the stories in this collection, this story felt really personal to read. Like, autobiographical personal. This is about a woman who goes up to the mountains, where she also spent some of her youth as a Girl Scout, to work on her novel among other artists. We slowly get to see the writer slowly comes undone by her past and her present, but also embraces and comes to terms with who she is and how she is. It’s a beautiful mixture that I think most humans will really resonate with.

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