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Carmen Maria Machado: In the Dream House w/ Desiree Akhavan

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Join Books Are Magic and Carmen Maria Machado for an evening in celebration of the acclaimed author's new memoir, IN THE DREAM HOUSE, in conversation with director Desiree Akhavan!

A revolutionary memoir about domestic abuse by the award-winning author of Her Body and Other Parties.

In the Dream House is Carmen Maria Machado’s engrossing and wildly innovative account of a relationship gone bad, and a bold dissection of the mechanisms and cultural representations of psychological abuse. Tracing the full arc of a harrowing relationship with a charismatic but volatile woman, Machado struggles to make sense of how what happened to her shaped the person she was becoming.


And it’s that struggle that gives the book its original structure: each chapter is driven by its own narrative trope—the haunted house, erotica, the bildungsroman—through which Machado holds the events up to the light, examining them from different angles. She looks back at her religious adolescence, unpacks the stereotype of lesbian relationships as safe and utopian, and widens the view with essayistic explorations of the history and reality of abuse in queer relationships.

Machado’s dire narrative is leavened with her characteristic wit, playfulness, and openness to inquiry. She casts a critical eye over legal proceedings, fairy tales, Star Trek, and Disney villains, as well as iconic works of film and fiction. The result is a wrenching, riveting book that explodes our ideas about what a memoir can do and be.


Carmen Maria Machado is the author of Her Body and Other Parties, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize. She lives in Philadelphia with her wife.


Desiree Akhavan is the director and co-writer of THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST, which won the 2018 Sundance Grand Jury Prize. Her work also includes the Hulu original series, THE BISEXUAL and the film APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR, which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for Best First Screenplay at the Indie Spirit Awards. She lives in Brooklyn where she's currently writing her first book, a collection of autobiographical essays.

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