Miranda July's first novel takes quirky to new level

January 14, 2015 1:05 PM

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The highly peculiar Cheryl Glickman narrates "The First Bad Man," a darkly comic, frustrating and uneven first novel by Miranda July, who's also a filmmaker and performance artist.

Cheryl is a misfit, a socially inept, well-meaning, often inappropriate single Californian in her early 40s with a "potatoey" nose, gray hair and mental-health issues. She has a job at Open Palm, a nonprofit center offering women self-defense instruction and various other empowerment strategies, but...

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