Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Jul 9, 2009 - Fiction - 256 pages
21 Reviews
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.



  

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Review: Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It

User Review  - Jo Case - Goodreads

The title of her fourth book is strangely apt for Maile Meloy. Her most recent novel, A Family Daughter, was a daring experiment in having it both ways, following the seductive literary soap opera ... Read full review

Review: Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It

User Review  - Kasey Jueds - Goodreads

These stories are devastating, in the best possible way. Spare, economical, and full of tremendous depth. Maile Meloy is like Tessa Hadley and Alice Mattison (two of my favorite, favorite fiction ... Read full review

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Contents

TRAVIS
RED FROM GREEN
SPY VS
TWOSTEP
LILIANA
AGUSTÍN
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

Maile Meloy is the author of the story collection Half in Love, and the novels Liars and Saints, shortlisted for the 2005 Orange Prize, and A Family Daughter. Meloy’s stories have been published in The New Yorker, and she has received The Paris Review’s Aga Khan Prize for Fiction, the PEN/Malamud Award, the Rosenthal Foundation Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2007, she was chosen as one of Granta’s Best American Novelists under 35. She lives in California.

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