7. 'Her Body and Other Parties' by Carmen Maria Machado
This debut collection of short stories from Carmen Maria Machado explores the line between grisly and fantastical. The genre-bending narratives of Her Body and Other Parties hover between the realms of horror, science fiction, and psychological realism, while also following the traumatic narrative arc –– and burden –– of the reality of violence against women in modern times.

These stories of modern fiction are powerful, transformative, and not for the faint of heart.