Join us at the Record Shop at 360 Van Brunt for the next installment of the Red Hook Book Club! 

Winner of the BPL Literary Prize for Fiction in 2018 and a National Book Award Finalist, Her Body and Other Parties is the highly-decorated debut from Carmen Maria Machado. 

A wife refuses her husband’s entreaties to remove the green ribbon from around her neck. A woman recounts her sexual encounters as a plague slowly consumes humanity. A salesclerk in a mall makes a horrifying discovery within the seams of the store’s prom dresses. One woman’s surgery-induced weight loss results in an unwanted houseguest. And in the bravura novella “Especially Heinous,” Machado reimagines every episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, a show we naïvely assumed had shown it all, generating a phantasmagoric police procedural full of doppelgängers, ghosts, and girls with bells for eyes.

Earthy and otherworldly, antic and sexy, queer and caustic, comic and deadly serious, Her Body and Other Parties swings from horrific violence to the most exquisite sentiment. In their explosive originality, these stories enlarge the possibilities of contemporary fiction.

As always:

  • You can place holds on copies of the book (or ebook!) through our library catalog, or come by the Red Hook Library to pick up a copy.
  • All are welcome!
  • BYOB and snacks

Check out the 2018 BPL Literary Prize Fiction Longlist here! 

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