In the Dream House


We recommend this…

if you are interested in understanding the many ways abuse in intimate relationships manifests itself, and how it is understood, or misunderstood in our culture and legal system; also if you have experienced being in an abusive relationship, especially as an LGBTQ+ person.

A quick summary…

This is a memoir, but written in a really innovative style – Carmen Maria Machado tells her experience of being in an abusive relationship, with each chapter examining it through a different lens. A hugely creative and insightful response to a hugely traumatic experience.

Content note: intimate partner violence and psychological abuse


Publisher’s description

‘Ravishingly beautiful’ Observer’
Excruciatingly honest and yet vibrantly creative’ Irish Times
‘Provocative and rich’ Economist
‘Daring, chilling, and unlike anything else you’ve ever read’ Esquire
‘An absolute must-read’ Stylist


In the Dream House is Carmen Maria Machado’s engrossing and wildly innovative account of a relationship gone bad. Tracing the full arc of a harrowing experience with a charismatic but volatile woman, this is a bold dissection of the mechanisms and cultural representations of psychological abuse. Each chapter views the relationship through a different lens, as Machado holds events up to the light and examines them from distinct angles.

She casts a critical eye over legal proceedings, fairy tales, Star Trek and Disney villains, as well as iconic works of film and fiction, infusing all with her characteristic wit, playfulness and openness to enquiry. The result is a powerful book that explodes our ideas about what a memoir can do and be.

Additional information

Format Paperback
Weight 248 g
Dimensions 197 × 129 × 22 mm
Book Author

ISBN 9781788162258


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