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September Book Club - cross-post from LGBT+Women's Book Club

  • TBD Sacramento, CA USA (map)

Sacramento Chapter members RSVP here.

As always, bring your own chair, snacks/drinks to share, blanket, sweater, bug spray, etc.

We will be reading Carmen Maria Machado's Her Body and Other Parties, a group of short stories. You can read more about the book in the Good Reads description below,

CMM was featured on Jezebel, and her book is going to become a TV series.

About Carmen Maria Machado: https://themuse.jezebel.com/carmen-maria-machado-on-her-new-book-the-surreal-horr-1819111262

From Good Reads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33375622-her-body-and-other-parties?from_search=true

In Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado blithely demolishes the arbitrary borders between psychological realism and science fiction, comedy and horror, fantasy and fabulism. While her work has earned her comparisons to Karen Russell and Kelly Link, she has a voice that is all her own. In this electric and provocative debut, Machado bends genre to shape startling narratives that map the realities of women's lives and the violence visited upon their bodies.

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 naively assumed had shown it all, generating a phantasmagoric police procedural full of doppelgangers, 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.

Earlier Event: September 28
Soweto Pride
Later Event: October 6
Pretoria Pride