Winner of the 2007 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award.
In her remarkable stories of seemingly ordinary people living extraordinary lives, Miranda July reveals how a single moment can change everything. Whether writing about a middle-aged woman's obsession with Prince William, or an aging factory worker who has never been in love, the result is startling, sexy, and tender by turns. One of the most acclaimed debuts of recent years, Miranda July is a brilliant new voice in fiction.
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"Blisteringly good." (Guardian)
"July's inventive tales swing from laugh-out-loud funny to heart-clenchingly sad." (Daily Telegraph)
'These stories are incredibly charming, beautifully written, frequently laugh-out-loud funny, and even, a dozen or so times, profound.' (Dave Eggers)
'Laden with offbeat, emotionally isolated characters...mordantly funny.' (Vogue)
'A magically oddball study of depression, repression, envy, loneliness and aimlessness - and rarely has such a thing been so entertaining.' (Time Out)
'Weird doesn't begin to cover it, but wonderful (in the literal sense of the word, as in full of wonder) does.' (Elle)
'The stories and story-fragments keep just the right amount back; twist into something surprising and disconcerting. They are charming and funny, too.' (Daily Telegraph)
I don't think that I have laughed so much listening to a story ever. The dead pan black humour of it all was brilliant. The book was not what I was expecting and I'm so grateful for that. Thanks for the laughter .
Smart, funny, light
It has all the elements to quickly transport you to the author's story.
"Miranda July is a quiet genius"
This collection of original short stories covers brave ground in examining themes of love (requited and unrequited), sexual desire and isolation - reworking these familiar literary themes through honest and perhaps somewhat jaded eyes.
Celebrated performance artist, director and writer Miranda July has arguably created a collection here deserving of as much critical acclaim as her beautiful film 'Me and You and Everyone We Know' (2005). Like the film, this compilation tackles difficult and awkward subjects with a sensitive, sometimes touching and always frank tone. Due to this frankness, listeners of a sensitive disposition should be warned that there is sometimes powerful language and sexual/deviant themes in some of the stories, although it doesn't seem contrived/shock-value in the context of these plots - the majority of them first-person monologues.
July reads these stories with the heartfelt voice-cracking earnestness that they deserve, although a listener can't help but feel that she may have a mischievous twinkle in her eye or tongue firmly in-cheek at the same time.
Especially important listening for anyone experiencing an existential crisis, or even those who wish to understand the nature of the world and the private/hidden lives of those around them a little better.
"Marvel at my manufactured quirkiness...."
Miranda July is clearly the woman for whom the word ditsy was invented. These slight stories, read out in the sort of dead pan American voice that is desperately trying to make them sound interesting, are really just random streams of consciousness with no tangible substance. I gave up after the third as I found I had completely zoned out.
A lot of small, well-written stories. So many unusual metaphors, and unusual stories that you really remember in the end. One of the best collection of stories I have ever read (unfortunately though, I mostly read books) and it makes me want to read from her.
"Couldn't get past the first story"
Never. Sorry to be so harsh.
My focus was on trying to find some small facet of the story that I could latch on to, to maintain my rapidly diminishing interest. Didn't pay too much attention to the way it was being read.
You can write dull books about interesting subjects, and fascinating books about the banal. But this was a very boring book about a terminally uninteresting subject. I fully appreciate that I'm the worst kind of critic, writing a review having listened to about 5% of the whole book. Bear in mind, I'm not getting paid for this, and that it's also a stinker of a book.
"Quirky, edgy and entertaining"
You gotta laugh... or cry.
These short stories are all quirky, often odd, humorous, or sad. Many are sensual, exploring sexuality, love and friendship. Others are sad, revealing loneliness, isolation and self-doubt.
But... they are all entertaining, engaging, edgy and... worth a listen.
Funny, moving, toe curling- these insights into the everyday and the bizarre are perfectly narrated
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