The First Bad Man: A Novel

The First Bad Man: A Novel

The instant New York Times bestseller is “astonishing…In one novel, Miranda July tells us more about our universal need to be loved, and our ability to love and be loved, than most earthbound authors will in a lifetime” (Vanity Fair).

In The First Bad Man, Miranda July tells the story of Cheryl, a vulnerable, uptight woman in her early forties who lives alone, with a perpetual lump in her throat, unable to cry. Cheryl is haunted by a baby boy she met when she… (more)

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Editorial reviews (11 reviews)


The First Bad Man uses the artifice of the performance in the service of intimacy. In the place of meta-fiction’s infinitely regressive hall-of-mirrors, July depicts a meaningful and messy portrait of our all-too-human relationships.

This is not simply a good work ‘for Miranda July’ (a mean-spirited comment that makes her seem like a brand of microwave meals, rather than a multi-faceted artist) but a good novel full stop.

The novel isn’t perfect, but its imperfections, in general, add to its appeal since we’re constantly kept off guard. There is a full-circle finale that almost harms the book but is easily ignored.


Book Details  


Publisher: Scribner (January 13, 2015)

Collection: Scribner

Parent ISBN: 9781439172575

Page count: 288 pages

File size: 1.4 MB

Language: English


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