'Brilliantly inventive and blazingly smart' Garth Greenwell

'Impossible, imperfect, unforgettable' Roxane Gay

'A wild thing ... covered in sequins and scales, blazing with the influence of fabulists from Angela Carter to Kelly Link and Helen Oyeyemi' New York Times

In case you hadn't noticed, we're extremely excited about Carmen Maria Machado's debut collection of short stories, Her Body & Other Parties (what a title!). So excited, in fact, that we're bringing it in all its neon green hardback glory three weeks early. To celebrate, here's the first story in the collection to whet your appetite. If you want to read more (how couldn't you?) you can pre-order the book from us with 10% off and free UK p&p - or head to your preferred retailer - or buy it from 14th December.

About the book

In her provocative debut, Carmen Maria Machado demolishes the borders between magical realism and science fiction, comedy and horror, fantasy and fabulism. Startling narratives map the realities of women's lives and the violence visited on their bodies, both in myth and in practice.

A wife refuses her husband's entreaties to remove the mysterious green ribbon from around her neck. A woman recounts her sexual encounters as a plague spreads across the earth. A salesclerk in a mall makes a horrifying discovery about a store's dresses. One woman's surgery-induced weight loss results in an unwanted house guest.

Bodies become inconsequential, humans become monstrous, and anger becomes erotic. A dark, shimmering slice into womanhood, Her Body and Other Parties is wicked and exquisite.

Read an extract

Read the first story in the collection, the Husband Stitch, by downloading a PDF or clicking below.