The New York Times bestselling debut novel from Miranda July, acclaimed filmmaker, artist, and author, whose new movie Kajillionaire is in theatres now.
Cheryl Glickman believes in romances that span centuries and a soul that migrates between babies. She works at a women’s self-defense nonprofit and lives alone. When her bosses ask if their twenty-year-old daughter, Clee, can move into her house for a while, Cheryl’s eccentrically ordered world explodes. And yet it is Clee—the selfish, cruel blond bombshell—who bullies Cheryl into reality and, unexpectedly, leads her to the love of a lifetime.
Tender, gripping, slyly hilarious, infused with raging sexual fantasies and fierce maternal love, Miranda July’s first novel confirms her as a spectacularly original, iconic, and important voice today, and a writer for all time.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Eight years after the release of her short story collection No One Belongs Here More Than You, contemporary Renaissance woman Miranda July—an artist, filmmaker (Me and You and Everyone We Know), and the creator of the app Somebody—has published a debut novel that’s unabashedly strange and extremely compelling. We love the off-kilter humor and intriguing observations of July’s heroine, Cheryl Glickman. The 40-year-old single woman moves through life befuddled by other people, but she’s also uncannily good at telling the truth.
Middle-aged, quirky, and socially awkward Cheryl leads a solitary life and has an unusual imagination. In addition to sexual fantasies involving her senior coworker Phillip, Cheryl, who is unmarried, also imagines a connection with babies. When her bosses' ask her to temporarily take in their hostile, selfish 20-year-old daughter, Clee, Cheryl's life fundamentally changes negatively at first, but ultimately for the better. July's original and distinctive writing style is matched by her highly entertaining narration: she embodies the character completely, making her very sympathetic, and her wonderfully understated tone of voice highlights Cheryl's quirkiness and makes it funnier (saying bizarre things in a very calm, neutral voice, as though it's all perfectly normal). Listeners with a taste for whimsical humor and eccentric characters will love this memorable audiobook. A Scribner hardcover.
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.
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!!!
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.