WOW. What a debut full of incredibly powerful tales. These stories are both reflexive and refractive: they change and morph sentence by sentence. I love the way Machado writes with a unique vision that challenges readers to think differently and accept queer identity and story-telling as primary. She also manages to push the boundaries of short fiction while including enough references and refrains to situate these tales within literary tropes (especially in "The Resident" and her use of the epiphany moment technique in an early story I will not quote to avoid spoilers). Machado's characters waltz in and out of genres proving that these stories cannot be arbitrarily named or categorized. I cannot wait to see what Machado writes next!

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