| No-One Belongs Here More Than You
world, we would have been orphans. We felt like orphans and we felt
deserving of the pity that orphans get, but embarrassingly enough, we
had parents. I even had two."
Reviewed by Sara
is plenty of hype attached to this book, and July has a seemingly
endless supply of achingly cool friends keen to endorse her work.
Reading some of the blurbs I bitchily wondered if these tales would
have been placed in McSweeney's, The New Yorker et al. without their
I began the stories themselves and was utterly charmed by her voice.
Her characters are lonely, uneasy, searching. They are normal people
doing normal things that then slide into oddness. There is humour and
sadness in them, but there is also an essential feeling of hope. It is
impossible for me to review the book without using the work quirky.
There it is, dammit, this book is a collection of QUIRKY short stories.
'I kiss a door' the narrator tells us in just over 4 pages her
discovery of a shocking truth about her friend. July has great skill in
choosing just the right words to breezily explain something that could
have been laboured and over written and made so much more complex. This
is her greatest talent I think, her ability to use dialogue or to
invite us in to her characters mind and tell us things with deceptive
ease. Several times I thought, wow, that's so clever.
is a slight unevenness to the quality of the stories, I thought some
much more effective than others, but it is good, it's thought
provoking, sad, fun, and witty, which is some balancing act to pull
off. And it turns out that Miranda July is talented and sparkly and
thoroughly deserving of her publications and I am just jealous!
is (in no particular order) a writer, mother, blogger, daughter,
sister, bookseller and wife!
O’Connor international short story award 2007
Miranda July is
a performance artist, musician,
writer, actress and film director previously best known for her award
winning film Me And You and Everyone We Know.
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