The First Bad Man

The First Bad Man

A Novel

Book - 2015
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"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 nonprofit 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 obsession 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"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Scribner, 2015.
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781439172568
1439172560
Characteristics: 276 pages

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VaughanPLKasey Nov 09, 2016

Like everything Miranda July has ever made, The First Bad Man is wildly weird. The book follows Cheryl, a strangely sad character who is simultaneously compelling, relatable, and repulsive. As the novel opens, she is living a deeply solitary life, held together by a simple and rigid structure that gets blown to pieces when her boss’s daughter winds up living with her (through some rather hard-to-figure-out circumstances). Her new rude, lewd, messy and boisterous housemate Clee breaks through Cheryl’s thin veneer of normalcy and sanity, as the two develop a strange, dark, and deep relationship that allows Cheryl to find fulfillment in ways she never even thought to hope for. Well, maybe, anyway.

Franln Aug 23, 2016

The narrator is so awkward and the situation is so bizarre that you have to keep reading to find out what happens next and then you're like "What the....?"

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Jshuang72
Aug 08, 2016

Quirky and fun. The characters make you feel like your own life is quite normal!

Cynthia_N Aug 08, 2016

Such an weird book but it does grow on you! I loved the main character's inner monologue!!

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delirium23
Feb 06, 2016

Awful. Stay far, far away.

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photogrrlkp
Jan 10, 2016

Possibly the weirdest book I've ever read (the repeated references to peeing in containers really grossed me out) and at page 60, I wasn't sure I'd bother finishing it. I did, and it really grew on me as I continued. It's probably not a book I'd read again, and I don't know if I'd recommend it to anyone, but it's not a book I regret reading.

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mythoughts
Oct 04, 2015

For the type of reader who likes to really Go There, deeper than most. I grabbed this book at random and didn't know what awaited me, and I'm really glad I did. This is a courageous and insightful author.

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Anne1965
Jul 24, 2015

Garbage. Don't bother.

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advega718
Jun 12, 2015

This was a pretty damn funny and twisted story. Awkward. Quirky. Very much in the style of the author, her books and her films. 👍🏾

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Septemberly
May 19, 2015

The book was weird, rough, and unsettling. I could never decide whether I thought the author was being honest in her portrayal of a woman's inner thoughts or if she was trying too hard to be edgy and racy. I am left wondering whether I liked the book as a whole.

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