THE FIRST BAD MAN

Cover of The First Bad Man

I THINK I AM JUST TOO NAIVE ABOUT SEX TO ENJOY READING SO MUCH ABOUT IT!  ESPECIALLY BETWEEN LESBIANS!  THERE WERE MANY TIMES I WAS COMPLETELY CONFUSED IF CHERYL IS ACTUALLY MAKING LOVE WITH PHILLIP (A MEMBER OF THE BOARD AT THE NONPROFIT SHE WORKS FOR) OR IF IT IS A SEXUAL FANTASY – I FINALLY DID FIGURE IT OUT.  CHERYL’S HATE RELATIONSHIP WITH HER HOUSE  GUEST CLEE TURNS INTO SOME WEIRD KIND OF “LOVE”.  I HONESTLY DON’T CARE TO KNOW WHAT OTHER PEOPLE ARE DOING IN THEIR BEDROOMS (OR WHEREVER)!  THE SCENES WERE PRETTY GRAPHIC AND I GUESS MIRANDA JULY DID A GREAT JOB WRITING ABOUT THE TOPIC BUT I WISH I COULD TELL MORE FROM THE PUBLISHER’S BLURB WHAT THE BOOK WAS ABOUT – I WOULD NOT HAVE BORROWED IT FROM THE LIBRARY.  I DON’T CARE WHAT YOUR SEXUAL PREFERENCES ARE AND PROBABLY HAVE SOME NICE FRIENDS/FAMILY MEMBERS WHO ARE “GAY” BUT I SERIOUSLY DON’T WANT TO READ ALL ABOUT IT OR HEAR ALL ABOUT IT.  THE STORY DID IMPROVE SOME IN THE LAST QUARTER AND I DID FINISH BUT THIS DEFINITELY WAS NOT A FAVORITE.

PUBLISHER’S BLURB:

From the acclaimed filmmaker, artist, and bestselling author of No One Belongs Here More Than You, a spectacular debut novel that is so heartbreaking, so dirty, so tender, so funny—so Miranda July—readers will be blown away.
Here is Cheryl, a tightly-wound, vulnerable woman who lives alone, with a perpetual lump in her throat. She is haunted by a baby boy she met when she was six, who sometimes recurs as other people’s babies. Cheryl is also obsessed with Phillip, a philandering board member at the women’s self-defense non-profit where she works. She believes they’ve been making love for many lifetimes, though they have yet to consummate in this one.

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 bullies Cheryl into reality and, unexpectedly, provides her the love of a lifetime.

Tender, gripping, slyly hilarious, infused with raging sexual fantasies and fierce maternal love, Miranda July’s first novel confirms her as a spectacularly original, iconic and important voice today, and a writer for all time. The First Bad Man is dazzling, disorienting, and unforgettable.

 

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