‘Her Body and Other Parties’: A Book Propelled by the 2016 Election

Carmen Maria Machado’s debut book, a short story collection called Her Body and Other Parties, is currently a finalist for the National Book Award. Machado thinks that the strong response to the stories—which delve deeply into the psyches of women, particularly queer women—is partly thanks to a backlash over the last election. “That whole election …

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