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Publisher Description

The instant New York Times bestseller is “astonishing…In one novel, Miranda July tells us more about our universal need to be loved, and our ability to love and be loved, than most earthbound authors will in a lifetime” (Vanity Fair).

In The First Bad Man, Miranda July tells the story of Cheryl, a vulnerable, uptight woman in her early forties who lives alone, with a perpetual lump in her throat, unable to cry. Cheryl is haunted by a baby boy she met when she was six; she also believes she has a profound connection with Phillip, a philandering board member at Open Palm, the women’s self-defense studio where she has worked for twenty years.

When Cheryl’s bosses ask if their twenty-one-year-old daughter Clee can move into her house for a little while, Cheryl’s eccentrically ordered world explodes. And yet it is Clee—the selfish, cruel blond bombshell—who teaches Cheryl what it means to love and be loved and, inadvertently, provides the solace of a lifetime.

“Brilliant, hilarious, irreverent, piercing—The First Bad Man powers past sexual boundaries and gender identification into the surprising galaxy of primal connection” (O, The Oprah Magazine).

This is a spectacularly original, unsettling, accomplished, and moving first novel with a tender and beguiling happy ending.

Fiction & Literature
January 13

Customer Reviews

Buffy Skywalker ,

You'll want to keep reading and you won't know why.

It's the painful honesty of all the ways women lie to themselves, are socially influenced and silenced, and are forced to retreat internally that will keep you reading. [the wallpaper] some patterns were by accident and some things were conscious choices, and it's all just as ugly-painful as the human experience. There are some beautiful parts if you can squint hard enough to see past all of the poor design choices and make them out. This book is special and it is a "good book" and I think you won't regret reading it, but you won't know what to make of it either.

Srobinia ,

Waste of time and money

Don't waste your money or more importantly your time on this book!! Worst thing I have read in a long time!!!

scoflaw ,

Really inventive

I loved this book. It was an odd story but underneath had a straightforward message about the human path. The humor was very sly and quite funny. Even though the characters were fantastical, I began to really like them. A great change from the regular best seller.

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