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Her Body and Other Parties review

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

Star rating: ★★☆☆ ☆ 2/5 stars

Format: library eaudiobook

Summary: A collection of short stories told from a feminist perspective.

Review: I gotta admit, I picked this up solely for the green ribbon retelling. That story was the best of the collection and it wasn’t all that great either. I think maybe on its own it would be fine but the rest of the collection really brought it down.

Most of these short stories are just so absurd or just plain hard to follow, usually both. They weren’t very memorable, I think if they were easier to follow then they might have stuck with me better. I get what this collection is trying to do but it just did not work for me.

I think the author tried to get too experimental with these short stories. I think that’s kind of common with the medium but I didn’t find them to be successful. Short story collections can be pretty hit or miss for me though. I guess I tend to like anthology collections of multiple authors rather than a bunch of the same author.

There are several stories in here that if she could expand them to be full length novels or even novellas then they could be way better. There are definite starts to something but I feel it was too short to actually pull off being so experimental. It ended up just being confusing.

Recommendation: I wouldn’t be opposed to reading other works by this author but this one just didn’t do it for me.



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