Jul 29, 10
Read in July, 2010
I am (perhaps blissfully) unaware of the hype surrounding Miranda July or her movie or her other work, though I have heard she is some sort of hipster wunderkindy type. Maybe that's why I could read this so objectively.
I rarely read something that gives me such an emotional, visceral response as No One Belongs Here More Than You. This is a melancholy, naked, and unflinching look at private, often hidden, human thoughts and practices. The neuroses and flaws of the characters are portrayed in such an honest way, you often feel as if you should be embarassed or ashamed at reading something so personal. The humiliation and raw desperation felt by many of the characters is heartbreaking. Often erotic, often sweet, this is a stellar collection of short stories with many beautifully written passages.