You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine

You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine

Alexandra Kleeman

A woman known only as A lives with her roommate B, who seems to be becoming more and more like her. A’s boyfriend, C, comes over frequently to sit on the sofa and watch TV. Their favourites are the reality TV show ‘That’s My Partner!’, in which couples attempt to identify their partner from a line of decoys, and the adverts for Kandy Kakes, which feature the colourful exploits of a cartoon character called ‘Kandy Kat’.

Out in the real world, away from the glow of the TV, fathers have been disappearing from comfortable, middle-class families. Then across the street from A’s house, a whole family up and leave one morning, covered in sheets, with holes cut out for the eyes…

Reviews of You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine

  • ‘Alexandra Kleeman understands the difficulty of having a flesh and blood body in a world of images and signs, she knows how it feels to be a hungry girl when appetite is a scandal, and how every relation with another person can feel like a stain on yourself. She has constructed a perfect fable for our present situation, an existential thriller written in prose that points the way to the future. You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine is as good a debut as I’ve ever read’ Zadie Smith

    ‘Excellent. The female body: What to do with it? You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine is a story about realizing you’re hungry and trying to find out what for’ Slate

    ‘No one has ever written about having a body the way Alexandra Kleeman does … she writes like a gonzo journalist embedded in skin, discovering things like hair and saliva and eyeballs for the very first time’ NPR

    ‘Kleeman’s story is not really like any other, but could be described as a blend of the nightmarish disassociation of DeLillo’s White Noise and the phantasmagoria of Bergman’s Persona’ Publishers Weekly

    ‘This book will unsettle you; this book will make you feel intensely alive. Easily one of the best debuts of the year’ Buzzfeed

    ‘Kleeman’s absurdist observations evoke masters like Don DeLillo and Thomas Pynchon, as well as the ‘hysterical realism’ of Ben Marcus and Tom Perrotta, bringing a refreshingly feminist frame to the postmodern conversation. Sharp humour and brisk storytelling ground the existential angst in this page-turning, entertaining performance’ Booklist Online