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Her Body and Other Parties
248 pages; Graywolf Press
Machado's work doesn't bend genre so much as explode it. Her first volume of stories mixes elements of surrealism, fairy tale, urban legend, and, in the case of "Especially Heinous," reimagined plots of Law & Order: SVU. Her women—victims, martyrs, and heroines—are both archetypal and entirely new. Filled with sex, horror, and the absurd, this singular collection will blow your mind.