In The Dream House


Written by Carmen Maria Machado, In The Dream House begins with a dedication, epigraphs, an overture, a prologue, and after reading just a few pages, the reader understands that the format of this memoir is like no other. Machado writes of toxic relationships, domestic abuse, memory and queerness through the lens of pop culture, history, her own story and even her story written in the second person—as your story. Readers join Machado as she attempts to make sense of her relationship with her girlfriend (“the woman in the Dream House,” who never gets a name, but readers know her—and Machado’s fear of her—intimately) and find context for the experience. The haunting tale is equal parts dark fairytale, history lesson and autobiography, but it cannot be reduced to such categories. An incredibly moving book, its story, structure and language leave readers changed.