No One Belongs Here More Than You: Stories

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Simon and Schuster, May 15, 2007 - Fiction - 224 pages
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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 Tenth of December

Award-winning filmmaker and performing artist Miranda July brings her extraordinary talents to the page in a startling, sexy, and tender collection. In these stories, July gives the most seemingly insignificant moments a sly potency. A benign encounter, a misunderstanding, a shy revelation can reconfigure the world. Her characters engage awkwardly—they are sometimes too remote, sometimes too intimate. With great compassion and generosity, July reveals their idiosyncrasies and the odd logic and longing that govern their lives. No One Belongs Here More Than You is a stunning debut, the work of a writer with a spectacularly original and compelling voice.
 

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User Review  - reganrule - LibraryThing

3.5/5 I did myself a disservice by reading July's (really great) novel "The First Bad Man" before reading this collection of short stories. Had I read in order, I would have been delighted to see the ... Read full review

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User Review  - kaylaraeintheway - LibraryThing

Maybe it was because I read all of these stories at once, but I did not particularly like this collection. I thought there was too much unnecessary (to me) sexual stuff and too many damaged hipster ... Read full review

Contents

The Shared Patio
1
The Swim Team
13
Majesty
19
The Man on the Stairs
33
The Sister
39
This Person
53
Something That Needs Nothing
63
Kiss a Door
93
How to Tell Stories to Children
177
The Man on the Stairs 33
33
This Person 53
53
Something That Needs Nothing 63
63
Kiss a Door 93
93
The Boy from Lam Kien 99
99
How to Tell Stories to Children 177
177
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The Boy from Lam Kien
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Miranda July is a filmmaker, writer, and artist. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and Harper’s. The story collection No One Belongs Here More Than You won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and has been published in twenty-three countries. She wrote, directed, and starred in The Future. Her film, Me and You and Everyone We Know, received a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival and the Caméra d’Or at Cannes.  In 2014 she debuted the audience-participatory performance, New Society, at the Walker Art Center, and launched the messaging service app, Somebody.

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