You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine

Editorial reviews

You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine

Ms. Kleeman has a singular, off-kilter style, and a distinct vision of the absurd horrors that can come with being trapped in a body.

The insidious and satiric dystopian elements of Kleeman’s story are inventive and will appeal to readers of Hubert Selby Jr.’s Requiem for a Dream, Tom Perrotta’s The Leftovers, and Gary Shteyngart’s Super Sad True Love Story.

“You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine” is a powerful allegory of our civilization’s many maladies, artfully and elegantly articulated, by one of the young wise women of our generation.

Kleeman gives us a first-class novel about the body and how it is perceived and food and how we are manipulated into choosing it and eating it, which makes for a first-class debut for Kleeman.

Kleeman owns all of it. Her voice is brutal and fragile at the same time. Her eye for the absurdity of normalness is so sharp that the book puts you into a bubble of weird you won't be able to shake off for hours.

The novel, like Kleeman’s earlier writing, explores questions about wanting and having and bodies and food and sex that often arise in discussions about how people date today.

I enjoyed You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine and so will you if you approach it with the right expectations. Think about a book which digs beneath the surface to our subliminal panic as we wait for a lover to call, count the hours we’ve wasted on banal entertainment, or gaze at the list of ingredients on the side of a package of Twinkies and you’ll go into this ready.

Slate : Eat or Be Eaten (August 03, 2015)

You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine is one of the best books I’ve read about what it feels like to have a body: the mystery of its unseen innards, the ongoing project of its appearance, the meaty fact of its movement through the world.