April Book of the Month: The First Bad Man
Miranda July is an American writer, director, screenwriter, actor, and artist. She wrote, directed and starred in the films Me and You and Everyone We Know, and The Future. She wrote the book of short stories No One Belongs Here More Than You and the novel The First Bad Man.
In The First Bad Man, Miranda July tells the story of Cheryl, a vulnerable, uptight woman in her early forties who lives alone, with a perpetual lump in her throat, unable to cry. Cheryl is haunted by a baby boy she met when she was six; she also believes she has a profound connection with Phillip, a philandering board member at Open Palm, the women’s self-defense studio where she has worked for twenty years.
When Cheryl’s bosses ask if their twenty-one-year-old daughter Clee can move into her house for a little while, Cheryl’s eccentrically ordered world explodes. And yet it is Clee—the selfish, cruel blond bombshell—who teaches Cheryl what it means to love and be loved and, inadvertently, provides the solace of a lifetime.
This is a spectacularly original, unsettling, accomplished, and moving first novel with a tender and beguiling happy ending.
You will not regret this reading!
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