Fiction: No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July

no one belongs here more than you book cover“I laughed and said, Life is easy. What I meant was, Life is easy with you here, and when you leave, it will be hard again.”

Miranda July boldly explores loneliness in her short story collection, No One Belongs Here More Than You. The sixteen stories feature quirky narrators conversationally depicting a moment of their lives with an acute self-awareness. At times explicit and at times bordering on creepy, the diverse collection is unexpected and eccentric, featuring anything from a swim class for the elderly on an apartment floor to forty women putting napkins over their heads at a romance seminar. Through all the stories, July’s writing is raw and highly quotable, bringing poetry to the ordinary.