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No One Belongs Here More Than You: Stories

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I mean, it's hard to say you like something that leaves you feeling like you just got a hole punched in you. A part of the story was that the author ended up with lots of friends and they all discussed their 'younger men' together, like it was over lunch. It is our intent and purpose to foster and encourage in-depth discussion about all things related to books, authors, genres, or publishing in a safe, supportive environment.

They hold this person's hand and tell this person how hard it was to pretend to get mad and drive off and never come back. But I feel let down by selections like "Making Love in 2003" and "The Boy from Lam Kien," which read like a bunch of "good line - no home" fragments pieced together. Loneliness, insecurity and ineptitude are the prominent features of adulthood here, and (healing or edifying or relief-giving) encounters that allow the narrators to offer care or fellowship to a child emphasise a contrast with their interactions with 'normal' people who treat them with varying degrees of disdain and disinterest. She's no longer this older woman who is constantly trying to feed or, or berating you for not wearing shoes or not having a job befitting of a college graduate.

I cannot agree with reviewers who found July's stories 'laugh out loud funny'; I am actually kind of horrified by the thought of someone laughing at the plights of her painfully unhappy protagonists.

One young woman who decides to run a dry swim class inside her (pool-less) apartment, confesses, ‘It was just two hours a week, but all the other hours were in support of those two. July is great at mimicing on paper the ramblings inside a person's head, so much of which is absurd or silly, but which occasionally stumbles onto something profound and true. The author's aptitude for convincing, monologue-like voices makes it clear that these stories are set firmly (or perhaps loosely, either way) in the mindset of each of the beautiful but often marginalised protagonists. July’s collection of stories, No One Belongs Here More Than You, won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and has been published in 23 countries.What I mean when I say this was like performance art was that it felt like she was literally there, while I was reading, though I mean obviously she wasn't. July's language stutters and chokes as each internal monologue unfolds its ugly revelations, almost as if recoiling in disgust. Miranda grew up in Berkeley, California, where she first began writing plays and staging them at the all-ages club 924 Gilman. No matter how many hipsters are crushing hard on you and your cute little curls, you can't do everything.

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