Half in Love by Maile Meloy

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Lean and controlled in their narration, abundant and moving in their effects, Maile Meloy's stories introduce a striking talent. Most are set in the modern American West, made vivid and unexpected in Meloy's unsentimental vision; others take us to Paris, wartime London, and Greece, with the same remarkable skill and intuition.
In "Four Lean Hounds, ca. 1976," two couples face a complicated grief when one of the four dies. In "Ranch Girl," the college-bound daughter of a ranch foreman must choose which adult world she wants to occupy. In "A Stakes Horse," a woman confronts risk and loss at the racetrack and at home. And in "Aqua Boulevard" -- winner of the 2001 Aga Khan Prize for Fiction -- an elderly Parisian confronts his mortality. Meloy's command of her characters' voices is breathtaking; their fears and desires are deftly illuminated. Smart, surprising, and evocative, Meloy's brilliantly observed stories fully engage the mind and heart.

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 December 1, 2009 by Scribner. 176 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A woman’s perspective comes out in “Ranch Girl” (“If you’re white, and you’re not rich or poor but somewhere in the middle, it’s hard to have worse luck than to be born a girl on a ranch”) and, again, in “Tome,” when the narrator’s advice to her client is dismissed until she drives him hours away...

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The 14 stories in Meloy's confident, polished debut tell the tales of many different people—lawyers, ranchers, ex-pats and school girls—often as, in moments of clarity, their understanding of their place in the world poignantly shifts.

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HALF IN LOVE Maile Meloy (Scribner, $23) A young soldier woos and torments a shell-shocked English girl the night before he goes to war.

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