All Fours

Miranda July

All Fours by Miranda July (Hardback ISBN 9781838853440) book cover

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The New York Times bestselling author of The First Bad Man returns with an irreverently sexy, tender, hilarious and literary novel about a woman upending her life

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A semi-famous artist announces her plan to drive cross-country from LA to NY. Thirty minutes after leaving her husband and child at home, she spontaneously exits the freeway, beds down in a nondescript motel and immerses herself in a temporary reinvention that turns out to be the start of an entirely different journey.

Miranda July’s second novel confirms the brilliance of her unique approach to fiction. With July’s wry voice, perfect comic timing, unabashed curiosity about human intimacy and palpable delight in pushing boundaries, All Fours tells the story of one woman’s quest for a new kind of freedom. Part absurd entertainment, part tender reinvention of the sexual, romantic and domestic life of a 45-year-old female artist, All Fours transcends expectations while excavating our beliefs about life lived as a woman. Once again, July hijacks the familiar and turns it into something new and thrillingly, profoundly alive.


“It’s very funny, quite dirty, and deeply profound, with a fragile magic that comes from entering an uncensored inner world. There is the added thrill as well, of July suggesting that midlife, and menopause in particular, might be kind of … hot”
observer

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“Essential … A book of vast scope, taking in men and women, the mind and the body, and society and solitude”
guardian

“July comes into her own [and] brings a new perspective … A menopause novel that’s never boring”
sunday Times

“Voyeuristic and exploratory … Miranda July compels us with her provocations”
times Literary Supplement

“A fresh, oestrogen-fuelled take on the midlife crisis, but the prose is smart, sharp and deliciously readable. It’s sexy, it’s funny, but it’s also warm and tender in the best ways”
prospect Magazine


Miranda July

Miranda July is a writer, filmmaker and artist. Her most recent book is The First Bad Man, a novel. 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 twenty-three countries. Her writing has appeared in the Paris Review, Harper’s, and the New Yorker; It Chooses You was her first book of non-fiction. She wrote, directed and starred in The Future and Me and You and Everyone We Know, which won the Caméra d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and a Special Jury Prize at Sundance. In 2020 she debuted her third feature film, Kajillionaire. July lives in Los Angeles.

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