Paperback pick: The First Bad Man

Miranda July makes an unforgettable debut with The First Bad Man


Paperback pick: The First Bad Man

Film-maker and short-story author Miranda July’s debut novel is an audaciously off-kilter affair.

Eccentric, depressive heroine Cheryl Glickman is living her life with a continuous lump in her throat, loving a philandering older man (who’s more interested in a 16-year-old) and controlling her depression with a ridiculously regimented system.

And then 20-year-old Clee arrives with her ‘thuggy swagger’ and cracks open Cheryl’s tightly controlled world.

July tackles self-defence, sexual fantasies and the longing for motherhood in unforgettable style.

The First Bad Man by Miranda July is published by Canongate, £12.99

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