Recommended by Suzette Smith
Carmen Maria Machado followed an unusual trajectory to reach me: I casually opened her collection Her Body and Other Parties, and it lit me on fire. I’ve experienced this with only a handful of writers whose creativity and language are so fearless and whose images are so specific and unusual that they carry heavier metaphorical resonance than something more homogenized. Machado makes the reader break out into fits of laughter and say to their friends, “Come on. Listen to this part.” Your friends will not want to. They should anyway.