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No One Belongs Here More Than You: Stories Paperback – May 6, 2008
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I enjoyed the first few stories of this book, but was more than ready to move on to something else by the end. Her stories aren't so much stories in the traditional sense, but more like quirky, silly things that come into her mind that's written into a stream of consciousness which then don't really have endings in the traditional sense either. All of this could be fine, but every story is just so precious and kooky there's no ground of normalcy to stand on.
There are times though when she really captures the small things in life. There were some instances where she's describing the small behaviors of couples interactions that really connected with me, as I felt I'd had similar experiences that I'd never seen written out like that. I do love her creativity, as this book is like nothing else that I've read. I just wish there would have been a bit more substance in place of some of her Miranda July-ness.
Also, something that annoyed me was how her dialogue never ends with "so and so said". It's just paragraph after paragraph of characters dialogue, and sometimes I had to go back and figure out which character was saying what. Why does she do that? It's kooky I guess.
All in all, this book is best in small doses. Read a chapter here and there, and you'll probably have some fun. Otherwise, you may overdose on twee.
My actual rating for No One Belongs Here More Than You is 3.5 stars, but that's not an option here so I've rounded it to 3 because for me it leans more in that direction than 4. I had a difficult time feeling transported by and getting lost in these stories. Probably my biggest issue was that I wanted them to come to more of a conclusion somehow, to have more of a point, or at least more of a payoff. The fact that every story seemed to just sort of fade out without much of a purpose seemed to give the book as a whole the feeling that IT lacked much of a purpose. There were some great moments throughout the book, I definitely highlighted multiple passages where July's use of language was particularly interesting/pretty/truthful. I enjoyed Birthmark the most, and also genuinely liked The Swim Team and The Sister. Something That Needs Nothing wasn't bad either. I half really enjoyed and half really didn't Making Love in 2003. The stories were unique, and July didn't seem afraid to write whatever the hell she felt like writing, whether that meant including a sort of super natural element or a controversial/taboo topic, and I appreciated the genre-defying nature of them. At the same time, there were also stories (like The Moves) that felt like they were mostly shocking for the sake of being shocking and ultimately didn't really go anywhere or say very much. I found myself feeling very `...okay, and?'
It wasn't awful. Ultimately, I really just wanted this book to DO more.
One of July's greatest strengths is her ability to tease out the strangeness of everyday life and the bizarre interactions we take for granted. While in this compendium she certainly includes the usual intense encounters - the return of a once-removed birthmark or tragedy involving the people with whom she is forced to share an apartment patio - most of the stories in No One Belongs Here More Than You are full of awkward sexual interactions or unrequited fantasies. Not bad or even or out of character, I still found myself yearning for more offbeat anecdotes and metaphors than lustful musings. However, what I do cherish are July's introspective reflections on love: women who cry together in group romance therapy, informal childcare surrogacy, the couple who knew subconsciously they would sacrifice each other in the face of a killer, taking a sewing class to spy on your boss's mysterious wife. My favorite story, "This Person," also drew to mind a 1999 Dismemberment Plan song, "You Are Invited." Random reference, I know, but the two are so comparable, if you like the story "This Person," you'll love the song too.Read more ›
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Miranda July's work speaks to the deepest part of my soul. Her stories capture all the awkward, uncomfortable, hilarious beauty of being a human trying to navigate the world.Published 12 days ago by Allen
These short stories are eclectic in themes and styles, and yet, they work well together to form a moving yet unsettling organic whole. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Ang
I can appreciate artistic license but I felt this was unnecessarily sexual. The book just made me uncomfortable, couldn't even finish it.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I've heard critics say that Miss July (an appropriate name if there ever is a calendar for sexy middle aged writers that don't look like Raymond Carver) is strange but without... Read morePublished 3 months ago by joseph
Each story found a way to be sexual in a random and sometimes unnecessary way. All well written, just with random sexual twistsPublished 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July is a collection of short stories that focus on sad, lonely, timid weirdos who long for intimacy. Read morePublished 4 months ago by forkdora