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National Book Award Finalist, Debut Collection Wows Critics!

Her Body and Other Parties is a collection of eight fables that weave between science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Carmen Maria Machado reroutes classic fairytale narratives to portray a series of women nearing sanity’s edge which in turn sheds light on the realities of fear in relationships and in ourselves. Such stories include a woman who realises there are ghosts sewn into the seams of her dress, a woman who has a gastric bypass and is haunted by the body parts she has lost, and a woman who struggles to keep her husband from removing a ribbon from around her neck. Each character has a very abrupt obstacle to overcome that resonates with the reader.

 

Parul Seghal of the New York Times points out that “In the old myths, women were fenced in by forests, towers, spells. In Machado’s work, cautionary tales are all that’s required. Fear keeps women in line. Their own minds act in the place of the moats.”

 

These storylines are designed to teach us about our terror instead of casually overstepping it. No simple resolution is offered to her characters and the monsters within all of us are brought to light through them.

 

Lauren Kane of The Paris Review has said that Machado:

 

writes with a sincerity I didn’t realize I was missing until I found it in these pages; it’s rare to encounter an articulation of feminist themes that isn’t self-conscious of them…Machado’s work, like her characters, is accessible and nuanced, textured without being overwrought.

 

I’m excited to read a work heavily influenced by the reworked fairytales of British writer Angela Carter, in which Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf are in fact a couple and Beauty becomes a beast instead. As the Los Angeles Times has said of her talents, “Machado reveals just how original, subversive, proud and joyful it can be to write from deep in the gut, even – especially – if the gut has been bruised.”

 

Machado is a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award and we have every faith in her to win it! You can pick up Her Body and Other Parties here!

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5 Books by Latinx Authors You Have to Check Out In 2017

When many of us take a look at our bookshelves, we might not see diversity in terms of the authors that write our favorite novels. There are so many great books coming out this year from diverse writers.

 

Here are just a few 2017 books from remarkable authors such as Carmen Maria Machado to Jenny Torres Sanchez.

 

1. Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

 

The cover of Her Body and Other Stories, which shows some pink fabric being wrapped up by a snake.

Image Courtesy of Amazon

 

This debut collection includes a wild novella that reinvents Law & Order: SVU as a tale featuring ghosts and other fantastic creatures. From Graywolf Press, Machado’s first release has been long awaited, and readers should be eager to experience her humorous yet serious take on sci-fi and fables.

 

2. A Good Idea by Cristina Moracho

 

The cover of A Good Idea, which features an empty bathtub in a dead forest.

Image courtesy of Penguin Random House

 

Old friends Finley and and Betty plan to room together at NYU when Betty suddenly goes missing. Her boyfriend confesses, but the confession is thrown out. Set on discovering the truth behind her friend’s disappearance, Finley is on the case. The problem is the disappearance is much worse than anybody initially imagined. 

 

3. The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera

 

The Cover of Margot Sanchez, which features a black and white sketch of a young girl.

Image courtesy of Amazon

 

After being forced to work in her family supermarket because she used her dad’s credit card, Margot Sanchez must climb her way back up the high school social strata. Plus, there’s that amazing beach party she absolutely, 100% must attend, and nothing will stop her.

 

4. They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

 

The cover of They Both Die at the End, which features two silhouettes walking on a boardwalk. The backdrop is a twilit NYC skyline.

Image courtesy of Harper Collins

 

When two strangers, Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio, are alerted that they’re going to die that day, they both come up with the same idea. They have to make a new friend. Good thing there’s an app for that. When Mateo and Rufus meet, they must fit as many experiences as they can in the little time they have left. Let’s just hope the title is misleading.

 

5. Because of the Sun by Jenny Torres Sanchez

 

The cover of Because of the Sun, which features several silhouettes standing near a water tower, all in a purple and gold color palette.

Image courtesy of Penguin Random House

 

Dani never felt quite at home at home. Her mother was apparently cold-hearted, and her sudden death didn’t help matters. After her mother’s passing, Dani must live with her previously unknown aunt in New Mexico. Once her relationship with her aunt thaws, Dani learns more about her mother’s story. For better or worse, she has to face the truth.

 

Featured image courtesy of The University of Cambridge.