All Fours: A Novel (Hardcover)

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All Fours: A Novel (Hardcover)

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“A compulsively readable novel that follows a middle-aged artist as she undergoes a sexual and spiritual awakening. I loved this meditation on aging, restlessness, isolation, obsession, and the trials and triumphs of self-reinvention.”
— Caitlyn Lyles, Hooked Community, Lansing, MI

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Only the vivid and unusual imagination of Miranda July could fashion this fascinating adventure tale from a cross-country trip that gets abandoned at a roadside motel twenty miles away from home. With wit and warmth for her characters and their conflicted inner lives, she conjures magic from the mundane, uncovering the unexpected in the everyday. Hilarious, genuinely moving, and unafraid to confront the ugliest sides of ourselves, it’s a book to carry with you well into your own mid-life crisis and beyond. 

— From Bryan

NAMED A MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF 2024 BY OPRAH DAILY, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, NYLON AND THE GUARDIAN! 

The New York Times
bestselling author returns with an irreverently sexy, tender, hilarious and surprising novel about a woman upending her life

A brilliant, sexy, funny, ludicrously entertaining primal scream of a coming-of-middle-age story… Beyond-dazzling, eyes-wide-open fiction.”—Booklist, STARRED review

"A frank novel about a midlife awakening, which is funnier and more boldly human than you ever quite expect….the bravery of All Fours is nothing short of riveting."—Vogue

“Hilarious, sexy, and wonderfully weird... a revelation.Publishers Weekly


A semi-famous artist announces her plan to drive cross-country, from LA to NY. Thirty minutes after leaving her husband and child at home, she spontaneously exits the freeway, checks into a nondescript motel, and immerses herself in an entirely different journey.

Miranda July’s second novel confirms the brilliance of her unique approach to fiction. With July’s wry voice, perfect comic timing, unabashed curiosity about human intimacy, and palpable delight in pushing boundaries, All Fours tells the story of one woman’s quest for a new kind of freedom. Part absurd entertainment, part tender reinvention of the sexual, romantic, and domestic life of a forty-five-year-old female artist, All Fours transcends expectation while excavating our beliefs about life lived as a woman. Once again, July hijacks the familiar and turns it into something new and thrillingly, profoundly alive.
Miranda July is a writer, filmmaker, and artist. Her debut novel, The First Bad Man, was an instant New York Times bestseller, and her collection of stories, No One Belongs Here More Than You, won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Her writing has appeared in The Paris Review, Harper’s, and The New Yorker. July lives in Los Angeles.
Product Details ISBN: 9780593190265
ISBN-10: 0593190262
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Publication Date: May 14th, 2024
Pages: 336
Language: English
Praise for All Fours:

“I found myself reading All Fours in solitude, because as I read I’d started making sounds that were recognizably laughter but were also expulsions of heartbreak and what I’ll call a cleansing sorrow.  If the United States had the good sense to name national treasures, I’d nominate Miranda July.” —Michael Cunningham, author of Day

"A giddy, bold, mind-blowing tour de force by one of our most important literary writers."—George Saunders, Booker-Prize winning author of Lincoln in the Bardo

"Profound and bawdy and deeply human, a brilliant work of art from a completely blown-open and fearless mind."Emma Cline, New York Times bestselling author of The Guest

"Characteristically witty, startlingly intimate. . .This tender, strange treatise on getting out from the ‘prefab structures’ of a conventional life is quintessentially July.”Kirkus

“A brilliant, sexy, funny, ludicrously entertaining primal scream of a coming-of-middle-age story… Beyond-dazzling, eyes-wide-open fiction.”—Booklist, STARRED review

“Hilarious, sexy, and wonderfully weird... a revelation.”—Publishers Weekly, STARRED review

“There have been few works of contemporary fiction about menopause, and even fewer that are as erotic and funny…All Fours is undeniably victorious.” —BookPage, STARRED review

"A frank novel about a midlife awakening, which is funnier and more boldly human than you ever quite expect….the bravery of —Vogue

"An irreverent and brilliantly touching story of a woman's quest for freedom." —Oprah Daily

“[July] altered my ideas of what kinds of stories were possible—something Sally Rooney and I have in common. In her second novel, July brings her singular brand of sardonic melancholia and wide-eyed wisdom to bear on this tale of a semi-famous middle-aged artist who decides to take a left turn from the left turn she had already planned.”Electric Literature

“This is a gut-punch of a novel, a must-read for every woman nearing or over forty, confronting the malaise of midlife, fertility, marriage, and menopause, packaged in July’s delirious style.”—LitHub