Carmen Maria Machado’s Memoir Wins Rathbones Folio Prize

“In the Dream House,” a memoir that braids together the history of queerness and Machado’s experience with domestic abuse, has won the Folio Prize.

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Carmen Maria Machado has just been named the winner of the 2021 Rathbones Folio Prize for her memoir In the Dream House. The memoir centers on Machado’s domestic abuse, specifically through the prism of the queer experience. Each chapter of the book is centered around the metaphor of the dream house, the place that was supposed to be a loving home for her and her partner but turned into a nightmare.



The memoir is written in Machado’s style of haunting, brutally honest prose that details queer abuse and the history of its preservation (a subject which, spoiler alert, there is not much documentation on).

The prize awards Machado £30,000. In the video in which she accepts the award, Machado states:

“This book came from an experience in my life that I processed for many years… I hope this book gives readers language and context for either experiences they’ve had or people that they know or love have had. And just adds a sort of level of nuance to conversations about domestic violence, queerness, sexual violence… sort of giving a space to that.”

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