CARMEN MARIA MACHADO is the author of the sparklingly surreal short story collection Her Body and Other Parties, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and a winner of the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize. Her memoir, In the Dream House, was named “Best Book of the Year” in 2019 by just about every major media outlet, including The New Yorker, TIME Magazine, The New York Times, NPR, Entertainment Weekly, The Atlantic, The Paris Review, and Vogue. It is a bold, captivating account of the violence and abuse Machado endured in her first relationship with another woman, told in her inimitable voice.
This episode was recorded at Kepler's Books in Menlo Park, as part of an event hosted by Kepler's Literary Foundation and produced by Amber Clark.
As a content note, our discussion includes descriptions of psychological abuse and intimate partner violence. Resources for queer survivors of domestic violence are available here.