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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books (7 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841959308
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841959306
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 631,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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 In Persuasion Nation "July is what Emily Dickinson might have become, if she had grown up in this age and become an indie filmmaker." The Washington Post"

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This bestselling, critically acclaimed short story collection is being canonised --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kate on 27 July 2008
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A superb collection of stories. Each story has an intriguing narrative and leaves the reader wanting more. But these are perfectly succinct, apt and beautiful stories. If you enjoy reading well-crafted contemporary writing that has edge and sensitivity this book could be very enjoyable for you too. One of my favourite 'discoveries' of the year so far.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By sondaze on 28 Sept. 2013
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Miranda July writes about odd people in an odd way. Her stories are engagingly comic-tragic. There is much dark humour and I was initially greatly entertained and at times moved by the quirks, neuroses and peculiarities of her people. About two thirds of the way through though, I did start to feel that although the characters changed, some male, some female, it was always the voice of Miranda July that dominated.

The voice of a writer is necessary in poetry, but when it comes to fictional prose, in order for a story to be truly believable, the author needs to create characters, not BE characters. Here however, the stories are all in the voice of the author (only the names, gender and setting are changed). As such, although I recognised the humanity in her characterisations, I'm unable to believe that any of them could be based on anyone or anything beyond her own personal take on the world; so they lose that feeling of authenticity that is evoked by the truly great characters of fiction.

It's a good book and worth reading (until you too feel it is getting 'samey'), but I don't feel inclined to buy into her world beyond this point.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Zanna Star on 9 Jun. 2012
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I read this collection for my book club, focusing on the story 'The Man on the Stairs' so my thoughts on this are followed by a broader reflection on the collection:

The Man on the Stairs is an extended snapshot in a woman's life, in which a familiar (July gives it a tired, worn out feeling, like the T-shirt the woman is wearing, doubtless ugly and shapeless, unloved, a stultifying comfort-zone) sequence of introspection culminates in an encounter that takes on a mythical (as a focus for culturally cultivated fears and a seed of exasperated, unheroic (profoundly female) courage) and symbolic (of the emotional subjugation of women). It ends with what I felt was a victory, but one so bitter and compromised that I sobbed reading it, when the woman 'expel[s] the dust of everything' this subjugation has caused her to destroy in herself, and orders the phantom, the great unintentional criminal 'out of my house'. She can only muster a whisper, but we have to start somewhere.

I cannot agree with reviewers who found July's stories 'laugh out loud funny'; I am horrified by the thought of someone laughing at the plights of her painfully unhappy protagonists. July's language stutters and chokes as each internal monologue unfolds its ugly revelations, almost as if recoiling in disgust.

Loneliness, insecurity and ineptitude are the prominent features of adulthood here, and encounters that allow the narrators to offer care or fellowship to a child emphasise a contrast with their interactions with 'normal' people who treat them with varying degrees of disdain and disinterest. I don't think July invites laughter, rather that she is tenderly drawing out poison from a wound so deep it contaminates all of our interactions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Mayne on 19 Nov. 2013
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I'm not really sure what to rate this book. I originally found out about the book from a reddit link to the author's website "I am going to create this entire website by writing on a whiteboard" - I was amused at the quirky originality of the entire promotional presentation that I thought I'd give the stories a try.

What I found was a book that certainly had -some- of what I'd expect, reading the book's high praises in the reviews and on the cover. The storytelling is engaging, even compelling. The narrator's emotional state is clearly conveyed in each of the stories, creating a strong link between the storyteller and the reader. It is raw, emotional, and passionate. Many of the stories call up poignant images of things that you certainly wouldn't expect to find featured in a story. It is difficult to put into words; the private rituals of people behind closed doors, the emotional mind games we play each unto ourselves, even to go so far as to say the primal, primitive urges that surely everyone has but nobody admits. The characters in this book narrate through these dark secrets in the same sentence as discussing what's for lunch - nothing is taboo or treated with the sort of compartmentalization that you'd expect. Although the protagonist is different in every story, they all have this common feeling, of worthlessness, of despair, some of them overcome it and some of them don't. None of the stories are about the same thing but they are spun from a common thread.

I would say, yes, pick this up, if for no other reason because the writing skill is second to none.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lou Ice on 8 July 2009
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A very creative collection of stories, slightly on the surreal side a la Ali Smith. Reading this inspires me to write and almost everywhere I go I find ideas. Miranda July makes me look at the world with fresh eyes.

A lot of the characters are young women searching for some kind of identity, trying to find a place for themselves in this world. It's all about fitting into a system, but not fitting in. One of my favourite stories is "This person" about a girl who gets invited to an event where everybody - including her enemies - she's ever known has gathered to celebrate her and tell her how fantastic she is. In the end all she wants to do is to go home and curl up with a book. Quite a few stories deals with gay people in a very subtle, but clever way as in the story "The Sister" where an elderly man invents a sister to attract the attention of another man ...

The short story format seems to fit Miranda July. I think I'd get bored with her style if it was just one long story about the same characters. Now there are plenty of surprises keeping me interested and keen to move on to the next story. Some of them are a bit jumpy and almost too clever which makes me have to read back to get the point. But every time I go back I discover something new, so it's a good thing. It's worth reading this collection slowly, devouring Miranda July's wit. Also see the film "Me and you and everyone we know."
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