Her Body and other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

This was an Indiespensables selection and only the second one I’ve finished. It is a selection of short stories, all focusing on women. Many LGBTQ+ themes throughout with sci fi and mystic realism tossed in in for good measure.

I loved some stories (The Husband Stitch — a retelling of a children’s horror story with other horror stories thrown in), liked some and hated one (Especially Heinous — a 60-page collection of  Law & Order: SVU episodes that pertained to Heinous crimes against women).

When I got to Especially Heinous I nearly quit reading the book, but since Clare wanted the book and I promised I would give it to her, I pushed on and finished by the time we visited her in Olympia.

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