In the Dream House chronicles Carmen Maria Machado’s time in an abusive queer relationship and how she got out. Much of Machado’s story is told in second person (you/your), an unconventional choice for memoir, and a deliberate technique by the author to create distance from and perspective on her past self. The effect this had on me as a reader is that I was easily able to slip my past self into her past self’s shoes, almost as if she was telling me my own story.

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