Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It by Maile Meloy

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One of the New York Times 10 Best Books of 2009, award-winning writer Maile Meloy's return to short stories explores complex lives in an austere landscape with the clear-sightedness that first endeared her to readers.

Meloy's first return to short stories since her critically acclaimed debut, Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It is an extraordinary new work from one of the most promising writers of the last decade.

Eleven unforgettable new stories demonstrate the emotional power and the clean, assured style that have earned Meloy praise from critics and devotion from readers. Propelled by a terrific instinct for storytelling, and concerned with the convolutions of modern love and the importance of place, this collection is about the battlefields-and fields of victory-that exist in seemingly harmless spaces, in kitchens and living rooms and cars. Set mostly in the American West, the stories feature small-town lawyers, ranchers, doctors, parents, and children, and explore the moral quandaries of love, family, and friendship. A ranch hand falls for a recent law school graduate who appears unexpectedly- and reluctantly-in his remote Montana town. A young father opens his door to find his dead grandmother standing on the front step. Two women weigh love and betrayal during an early snow. Throughout the book, Meloy examines the tensions between having and wanting, as her characters try to keep hold of opposing forces in their lives: innocence and experience, risk and stability, fidelity and desire.

Knowing, sly, and bittersweet, Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It confirms Maile Meloy's singular literary talent. Her lean, controlled prose, full of insight and unexpected poignancy, is the perfect complement to her powerfully moving storytelling.
 

About Maile Meloy

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Maile Meloy (www.theapothecarybook.com) is the award-winning author of several short story collections for adults: Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It and Half in Love, as well as the novels for adults: Liars and Saints and A Family Daughter. The Apothecary was her first middle-grade novel. 
 
Published July 9, 2009 by Riverhead Books. 240 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Maile Meloy’s calm, intelligent prose renders her stories’ self-sabotaging characters -- lawyers, unfaithful spouses, eccentric older women, Montanans -- eminently understandable.

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The Guardian

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As American short stories go, those in Maile Meloy's second collection are both familiar and strange.

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The Guardian

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"There was a poem Meg had brought home from college, with the line 'Both ways is the only way I want it.' The force with which he wanted it both ways made him grit his teeth.

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Examiner

Maile Meloy exposes this dichotomy effortlessly with her collection of stories entitled Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It.

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Suite 101

Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It is an amazing short story collection that can be read in one weekend or savored over several weeks.

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Oregon Live

The power of Maile Meloy's stories gradually reveals itself over the course of her latest collection, "Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It."

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The Sydney Morning Herald

Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It By Maile Meloy Text, $27.95 THE title of her fourth book is strangely apt for Maile Meloy.

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Independent.ie

Although these may appear to be the most unlikely bedfellows, Fielding and Ford are actually surprisingly suitable for Meloy's selection of quirky tales, which combine elements of Fielding's observations about dysfunctional romance with Ford's ability to distil the essence of American life.

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The Globe and Mail

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Maile Meloy's new collection of short stories features a minimalist style, plus a mix of emotions you'd never expect to see together in the same paragraph

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Cleveland.com

Scott - George Hurlburt House Leaving journalism after a fantastic ride: Joe Frolik Smashed cars, sexually ravenous women and lonely houses: Todd Hido photos at Transformer Station paint a pulp view of growing up in Kent • James Lacey and Williamson Murray's 'Moment of Battle' gives mi...

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