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No One Belongs Here More Than You


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Miranda July is a filmmaker, artist, and writer. Her most recent book is The First Bad Man, a novel. July's collection of stories, No One Belongs Here More Than You, won the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award and has been published in twenty-three countries. Her writing has appeared in The Paris Review, Harper's, and The New Yorker; It Chooses You was her first book of nonfiction. She wrote, directed and starred in The Future and Me and You and Everyone We Know--winner of the Camera d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and a Special Jury Prize at Sundance. July's participatory art works include the website Learning to Love You More (with artist Harrell Fletcher), Eleven Heavy Things (a sculpture garden created for the Venice Biennale), New Society (a performance), and Somebody (a messaging app created with Miu Miu.) She is currently working on a new feature film. Raised in Berkeley, California, July lives in Los Angeles.


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) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

A filmmaker (Me and You and Everyone We Know) and multimedia artist (www.learningtoloveyoumore.com), July brings her trademark whimsy to this debut story collection. The protagonists here are lonely dreamers, and what they dream about is often a little creepy: a territorial type, wondering whether she is getting her money's worth out of the patio she has to share, falls asleep while her neighbor has a seizure on the bench beside her; a middle-aged woman fantasizes about seducing Prince William to the sounds of Mike and the Mechanics; a disgruntled secretary goes to absurd lengths to befriend her boss's wife. Betrayals small and large seem to be the norm, and inappropriate sex abounds: student-teacher, therapist-patient, consensual incest, molestation. Some of these couplings are startling, but others are clich?s that drag down an otherwise witty and unusual book. The best moments here are small-a spectacular failure in sewing class, an unexpected visit from a neighborhood boy, a lost dog named Potato-and as they accrue the collection becomes an exhilarating read.-Leora Bersohn, doctoral student, Columbia Univ., New York Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

"These stories are incredibly charming, beautifully written, frequently laugh-out-loud funny, and even, a dozen or so times, profound. Miranda July is a very real writer, and has one of the most original voices to appear in fiction in many years. Fans of Lorrie Moore should rub this book all over themselves - she's got that perfect balance of humor and pathos. There has been no more enjoyable and promising a debut collection in many a moon."--Dave Eggers

"These delightful stories do that essential-but-rare story thing: they surprise. They skip past the quotidian, the merely real, to the essential, and do so with a spirit of tenderness and wonder that is wholly unique. They are (let me coin a phrase) July-esque, which is to say: infused with wonder at the things of the world."--George Saunders, author of Lincoln in the Bardo "Miranda July's is a beautiful, odd, original voice - seductive, sometimes erotic, and a little creepy, too." --David Byrne "A woman gives swimming lessons in her kitchen - of course! Miranda July can make anything seem normal in these truly original stories. She has first-rate comic timing and a generous view of the human condition. Maybe best of all, there's joy here, too, often where you would not expect to find it."
--Amy Hempel, author of The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel "These stories are swift aching, almost unbearably intense flares of emotion and lyrical language, sent out into the existential darkness of everyday life. July's characters are orphans and runaways and misfits, insecure, lost and lonely, but they do their best to find that last remaining scintilla of strength in each other and in themselves."--Time magazine "[July's] worlds feel real and surreal and desperately sad and filled with what one character calls 'secret joy, ' at the same time."--The Seattle Times "Who will Miranda July's work appeal to? To borrow the name of her lovely first film, Me and You and Everyone We Know."--Entertainment Weekly "Miranda July is graced with an unabashed love for the basic humanity of her characters."--The New York Observer "[An] astonishingly good collection of short stories."--Vogue "Miranda July has a true intimacy with damaged hearts."--Time Out New York "Whimsical...extraordinary tales...at the core of each strange, often comic tale lies the basic human need for love and understanding."--The Village Voice "July is near perfect here, writing with empathy and sweetness and drawing humor from the itchily uncomfortable."--Los Angeles magazine "Earnest, to tales of love."--Slate "July's stories are sexy and fast... Her characters are a new lost generation."--O, The Oprah Magazine "July's quicksilver fiction is always surprising, and it takes pains to remind us that, somehow, we all belong somewhere."--The Miami Herald "July's tales roll out epiphanies so exquisite and bizarre, they'll change the way you view life."-- Jane "There is a marked new maturity in these stories--a determination not just to chronicle her characters' obsessions and idiosyncrasies, but also to understand the purpose they serve."--New York magazine "July has an unmistakable voice: earnest, funny, emotionally charged."--Details "Rich and lyrical...playful and devastating...wonderfully accessible yet undeniably poetic."--Zink "Devastatingly personal...curiously uplifting."--The Salt Lake Tribune "At once reflective, sexual, funny, and sad. It's a non sequitur, but not nonsensical...Her writing exudes a (false) simplicity as contagious and dangerous a model in the hands of less capable writers as the works of Raymond Carver...These stories are marked by an imagination that conjures the incredible, renders it mundane (often through sex) and captures an emptiness of modern spirit."--The Oregonian "Touching on both the mundane and the provocative...[these stories] are written with July's frank perspective and an emotional eye for detail."--The Sacramento Bee

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