I'm unfamiliar with Machado's fiction but I will certainly seek it out now. This is a beautifully written and searingly honest memoir about the author's own abusive queer relationship. And it's written in an experimental, entirely un-memoirlike format that entirely succeeded for me. Machado captures both the thrill and tender joy of being loved and the gut-wrenching terror when your lover turns out to be a monster. Something special and certainly different.

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