The First Bad Man
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Date: January 2015
Duration: 8 hours 9 minutes
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 was six; she also believes she has a profound connection with Phillip, a philandering board member at Open Palm, the women's self-defense studio where she has worked for twenty years.
When Cheryl's bosses ask if their 21-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 teaches Cheryl what it means to love and be loved and, inadvertently, provides the solace of a lifetime.
Tender, moving, slyly hilarious, infused with raging sexual fantasies and fierce maternal love, The First Bad Man is an important response to the universals of human experience, by a spectacularly original and iconic writer.