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No One Belongs Here More Than You: Stories by Miranda July
rating: 4 of 5 stars
Miranda July's book is a lot like her movie -- off-kilter vignettes peopled with desperate, damaged characters who are so fragile you want to hug them, and whose inappropriate behavior just makes you want to hug them more.
Occasionally the stories veer into grating quirkiness (I'm looking at you, "Ten True Things"), but most of July's oddball observations have a weird truth to them. ("One reason Helena and I would never be close friends is that I am about half as tall as she. People tend to stick to their own size group because it's easier on the neck. Unless they are romantically involved, in which case the size difference is sexy. It means: I am willing to go the distance for you.")
"This Person" struck me so forcefully that I read it twice in a row on the train ride home. I'm afraid I would totally be that person who sneaks out of a fantastical gathering of everybody I've ever known or loved, only to come home disappointed that I had no mail.
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