Carmen Maria Machado and women not coping

Content warning: sexual violence.

Carmen Maria Machado’s debut collection, Her Body and Other Parties, has received impressive advance praise, and it is deserved. Her images are vivid, carefully-observed, and tactile to the point of stickiness; her pacing is expert. Machado executes the contemporary syntactic style of the lit-fic/weird-fic borderlands—present-tense sentences with SVO order and frequent, colloquial sentence fragments—flawlessly.

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