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It's a testament to July's artistry that the narrators of this arresting first collection elicit empathy rather than groans. "Making Love in 2003," for example, follows a young woman's dubious trajectory from being the passive, discarded object of her writing professor's attentions to seducing a 14-year-old boy in the special-needs class she teaches, while another young woman enters the sex industry when her girlfriend abandons her, with a surprising effect on the relationship. July's characters over these 16 stories get into similarly extreme situations in their quests to be loved and accepted, and often resort to their fantasy lives when the real world disappoints (which is often): the self-effacing narrator of "The Shared Patio" concocts a touching romance around her epilectic Korean neighbor; the aging single man of "The Sister" weaves an elaborate fantasy around his factory colleague Victor's teenage sister (who doesn't exist) to seduce someone else. July's single emotional register is familiar from her film Me and You and Everyone We Know, but it's a capacious one: wry, wistful, vulnerable, tough and tender, it fully accommodates moments of bleak human reversals. These stories are as immediate and distressing as confessionals. (May)
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Miranda July's impressive accomplishments include two exhibits at the Whitney Biennial, an award-winning film (Me and You and Everyone We Know), two albums on the record label Kill Rock Stars, and now her praised collection of short stories (encouraged by her literary mentor Rick Moody). The stories, previously published in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Harper's, Tin House, and other literary journals, won July praise as "a strange and compelling new voice" (Seattle Times). Even those who found the collection uneven and the narrative voices of each story eerily similar admire the best ones as "funny and insightful, offering moments of utter heartbreak through deeper, more sophisticated storytelling" (New York Times Book Review).
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I would have never guessed the content of this book, but also I don't think that I will ever regret having read it.Published 9 days ago by kristen bryant
Great book July has such a unique voice that is refreshing.Published 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
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At first, the writing is very all over the place and confusing, but it all comes together at the end. Great read.Published 1 month ago by Hailie Baker
I've been very impressed with July's creativity in her writing. I've enjoyed exploring with her.Published 1 month ago by John in KC
Oh, Miranda July!! You are so awesome!!! I love your writing even more than I love your movies!!Published 2 months ago by jett
Miranda July is a delightfully original, somewhat quirky writer. Whether or not you find the subject matter appealing, she manages to connect emotionally with the reader (this... Read morePublished 2 months ago by A.R.
there is no one else like Miranda July. To her readers, she is as Bjork was to a generation - a bizarre and sensitive voice seizing life and laying claim to neurosis and emotion.Published 3 months ago by cuddy247
don't like reading about human dysfunction, but well writtenPublished 3 months ago by GERARD D CHECCHIA