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“In the Dream House” by Carmen Maria Machado is $16 in paperback and $16.99 in hardcover on Amazon. Courtesy

"If you need this book," Carmen Maria Machado writes on the dedication page of her new memoir, "In the Dream House," "it is for you."

For Machado, author of the acclaimed 2017 short-story collection, "Her Body and Other Parties," the "dream house" of the book was a nightmare: a nondescript home in Indiana where she lived for a time with the woman she loved, in a psychologically abusive relationship. It's a book full of gorgeous writing – summer heat is described as "an animal that won't climb off" – and harrowing memories.

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