In the Dream House

In the Dream House

A Memoir

Book - 2019
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"A revolutionary memoir about domestic abuse by the award-winning author of Her Body and Other Parties."--Publisher's description.
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, [2019]
ISBN: 9781644450031
1644450038
Characteristics: 247 pages ; 24 cm

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Stonewall Book Award – Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award Honor Book

Machado’s memoir of domestic abuse in a lesbian relationship is written in her signature innovative style, fracturing the experience into dozens of facets which she explores in mini-essays related to what she calls “the dream house,” her metaphor for the time she spent in a relationship that unde... Read More »

Machado’s memoir of domestic abuse in a lesbian relationship is written in her signature innovative style, fracturing the experience into dozens of facets which she explores in mini-essays related to what she calls “the dream house,” her metaphor for the time she spent in a relationship that unde... Read More »


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weirdandwonderful
Mar 05, 2021

this is one of the most beautiful and poignant literary pieces I have ever read. The way Machado remembers + shares facets of her psychologically abusive relationship in vignettes is a perfect representation of memories of trauma are often difficult to recall + fragmented. There were parts of the book that made my jaw drop. She elegantly weaves in popular culture and myth/folk lore references in relation to her experiences.

A big thumbs up for literature that reflects the harsh reality of domestic violence within queer relationships, that so often gets overlooked or dismissed. it's incredibly validating to have her voice within this landscape.

OPL_DavidD Nov 20, 2020

If you want to be emotionally devastated by book that contains a choose your own adventure segment, this one is for you. The way the book is broken into vignettes does a great job evoking the fragmented way we can remember trauma.

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lilypad_1
Nov 12, 2020

I tried to read this but it was very disjointed and why do I want to read about an abusive relationship in the middle of a pandemic.

OPL_AnnaW May 01, 2020

Machado shares her experience as a victim of abuse in powerful, direct writing. She also includes plenty of footnotes throughout on the rarely discussed topic of LGBTQIA+ domestic violence, providing a history lesson along the way.

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Herbivore_Reader
Mar 23, 2020

A moving book and a creative exploration of what can be done in a text. Some of the experimental choices didn't seem totally motivated or I didn't feel like I understood why they were being done, but I liked the author's willingness to experiment and depart of the standard expression of the genre. If you've taken upper-level classes in the humanities you'll probably like the intermixing of academic writing with memoir, but that's not everyone's jam. If you've ever been in an abusive relationship, you'll feel and understand. If you haven't, this might be a good way in to understand what someone goes through (lesbian or otherwise).

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abbiemccracken
Mar 17, 2020

This book blew my mind!

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shuraleff
Mar 03, 2020

Sorry folks, I found the book tedious. Another account of "love gone wrong", but this time told from a queer female abusive relationship in short vignettes, rather than in a country song.

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EljayJohnson
Jan 31, 2020

I'm unfamiliar with Machado's fiction but I will certainly seek it out now. This is a beautifully written and searingly honest memoir about the author's own abusive queer relationship. And it's written in an experimental, entirely un-memoirlike format that entirely succeeded for me. Machado captures both the thrill and tender joy of being loved and the gut-wrenching terror when your lover turns out to be a monster. Something special and certainly different.

JCLZachC Jan 28, 2020

With chapters' that range from a sentence to a few pages, each presented through the lens of a different narrative trope, this memoir is fiendishly clever and consistently brilliant.

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duckcalldan
Jan 12, 2020

A tale of same-sex domestic violence, but really well told with glowing reviews.

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