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Miranda July
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Book Description

7 Jun 2007
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, tender and sexy by turns.


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books (7 Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841959308
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841959306
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 495,267 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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The most acclaimed debut story collection of 2007 now in B format. Winner of the Frank O'Connor 2007 International Short Story Award --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars tender stories 27 July 2008
By Kate
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Shorts 5 Jan 2010
Format:Paperback
This book is a collection of short stories told from various angles and a variety of colourful and sad characters. Some stories are deeply philosophical and moving, others erotic and stark. Whilst the subject of each story is vastly different the same fluid, engaging and uncomplicated style runs throughout.
One particular story, 'This Person', is so poweful,(and the shortest I think), it stayed with me for days after first reading it.
The only criticism I can find stems from the author's strength; July's style is so elegant it is occasionally difficult to believe some of her more hardened characters would narate their stories with such delicacy. (Perhaps in itself this is meant to question our judgements of the characters?).
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to be lost in quality fiction who does not have the time to read several 100 pages to get there... and even those who do have the time!
Instantly engaging, this book is enjoyable and sad in the right measures and I am excited to see what will come from the mind of Miranda July next!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Expelling the dust 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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4.0 out of 5 stars A LOVELY SNAPSHOT 3 Mar 2014
By Chi
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This read is not like anything that I have experienced - it articulates a thought scape that I don't find often explored.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A bit uncertain 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Weird but Smart
Clever and odd. Stories that leave you thinking well after you've turned the last page. Very strange but the characters are believable and dynamic.
Published 9 months ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars One of THE great short story collections
It takes a certain skill to render isolation both hilarious and tragic. It takes geniune talent to convey this combination within a single short story. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mr Nick
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite short story collection
I'd love to tell you Miranda July was the first person I ever mailed a fan letter to, but in all honesty, there are times when I'm not entirely sure she's actually human.
Published 9 months ago by Igor
3.0 out of 5 stars Certainly different!
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... Read more
Published 10 months ago by sondaze
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing
Sorry, this did nothing for me at all. These are weird unbelievable characters who failed to engage my sympathy. Couldn't get into it at all.
Published 13 months ago by JuliaK
3.0 out of 5 stars good condition as stated
Good condition, the cover was perfect and the yelllow band was like new!I read it in 3 days!thank you so much again!
Published 14 months ago by clelia
4.0 out of 5 stars self consciously original
Miranda July's stories are clever and stylistically unique. These are short stories like no other. When one sucks you in, you find yourself enjoying a story of ordinary life told... Read more
Published 15 months ago by MissSanjuro
4.0 out of 5 stars No One Belongs Here More Than You: Stories
No One Belongs Here More Than You: Stories - short stories that we can discover over and over again. Best form of it
Published 15 months ago by VM
4.0 out of 5 stars Adored it
I adored it until the last couple of stories when the voice and the wackiness felt a bit contrived. Maybe I read it too fast.
Published on 27 Jun 2011 by MadaboutBooks
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