“Some people need a red carpet rolled out in front of them in order to walk forward into friendship. They can’t see the tiny outstretched hands all around them, everywhere, like leaves on trees”
This bestselling, critically acclaimed short story collection
THE BESTSELLING, CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED WINNER OF THE 2007 FRANK O’CONNOR INTERNATIONAL SHORT STORY AWARD
‘Blisteringly good’ Guardian
In her remarkable stories of seemingly ordinary people living extraordinary lives, Miranda July reveals how a single moment can change everything. Whether writing about a middle-aged woman’s obsession with Prince William or an aging bachelor who has never been in love, the result is startling, tender and sexy by turns. One of the most acclaimed and successful short-story collections, No One Belongs Here More Than You confirms Miranda July as a spectacularly original, iconic and important voice today.
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“There’s beauty and tenderness here as well as great wit and, like the best stories, a delicious sense of the unexpected”
“A stunning collection … from a wonderfully quirky and highly original writer”
“July’s short fiction is quirky and self-consciously postmodern in style … The best of her stories adds a depth of emotional truth which can persuade you to believe in her most oddball worlds.”
“Surprising, amusing and touching … they’ll fill you with a renewed sense of wonder at the world”
Miranda July is a filmmaker, artist and writer. She wrote, directed and starred in The Future (2011) and Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005), which won a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival and four prizes at the Cannes Film Festival, including the Camera d’Or. July’s fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, Harper’s and The New Yorker. Her collection No One Belongs Here More Than You (2007) won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and has been published in twenty-three countries. She is also the author of the nonfictional It Chooses You (2011) and her first novel, The First Bad Man, was published in 2015. In 2000 July created the participatory website Learning to Love You More with the artist Harrel Fletcher, and a companion book was published in 2007; the work is now in the collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She designed Eleven Heavy Things, an interactive sculpture garden, for the 2009 Venice Biennale, and in 2013 more than a hundred thousand people subscribed to her e-mail based artwork We Think Alone. This autumn she debuts the audience-participatory performance, New Society, and launches Somebody, a messaging service created with support from Miu Miu. Raised in Berkeley, California, July lives in Los Angeles.