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In the Dream House (Digital Audiobook)

A Memoir

By Carmen Maria Machado, Carmen Maria Machado (Narrator)

Publication Date: July 22, 2020

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (12/18/2019)
Paperback (12/1/2020)
Hardcover (11/5/2019)
Compact Disc (12/19/2019)
MP3 CD (12/19/2019)

November 2019 Indie Next List

“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
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Winter 2020 Reading Group Indie Next List

“Carmen Maria Machado uses short memoir pieces to build a sinister Dream House around her readers. She is a master architect who occasionally lobs a brick through the glass, disturbing collective notions of ‘lesbian utopia’ and violence as masculine. Her pivotal story interrogates stereotypes and contributes essential questions to the global #MeToo discussion. She is an innovative writer and queer hero of our time. I feel so grateful to her for sharing her painful past, giving us new ways to think about power and persuasion, and grateful to Graywolf for giving her a platform.”
— Alsace Walentine, Tombolo Books, St. Petersburg, FL
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In the Dream House is Carmen Maria Machado's engrossing and wildly innovative account of a relationship gone bad. Tracing the full arc of a harrowing experience with a charismatic but volatile woman, this is a bold dissection of the mechanisms and cultural representations of psychological abuse. Each chapter views the relationship through a different lens, as Machado holds events up to the light and examines them from distinct angles. She casts a critical eye over legal proceedings, fairy tales, Star Trek and Disney villains, as well as iconic works of film and fiction, infusing all with her characteristic wit, playfulness and openness to enquiry. The result is a powerful book that explodes our ideas about what a memoir can do and be.

“A dark jewel reflecting something startling - familiar and strange” GUARDIAN

“Ravishingly beautiful” OBSERVER

“Excruciatingly honest and yet vibrantly creative” IRISH TIMES

“Provocative and rich” ECONOMIST

“Daring, chilling, and unlike anything else you've ever read” ESQUIRE

“An absolute must-read for 2020” STYLIST