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Her Body and Other Parties : Carmen Maria Machado


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Her Body and Other Parties consists of eight short stories that examine the psychology of women in contemporary society. In “The Husband Stitch,” the protagonist contends with her husband’s desire to touch the green ribbon around her neck, which holds her head in place. After meeting her husband as a teenager, the protagonist decides that he is the only man who will fulfill her sexual desires. However, as time wears on, his curiosity about her ribbon increases, posing a threat to her livelihood. At last she lets him touch her ribbon. As he unwinds the ribbon, her head falls off.