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Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It

Meloy, Maile (Book - 2009 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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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.
Authors: Meloy, Maile
Title: Both ways is the only way I want it
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2009
Characteristics: 219 p. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Maile Meloy
Contents: Travis, B.
Red from green
Lovely Rita
Spy vs. spy
Two-step
The girlfriend
Liliana
Nine
Agustín
The children
O tannenbaum
ISBN: 159448869X
9781594488696
Branch Call Number: FICTION MELOY 2009
Subject Headings: Montana Fiction Families Fiction
Genre/Form: Psychological fiction
Topical Term: Families
LCCN: 2008050342
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Eleven elegantly written short works that explore the complexity of life in austere landscapes of the American West.


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Feb 03, 2011
  • Crheneghan rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved the tension in these short stories. There is a cost to everything, and the characters in these must deal with these costs. This was one of my favorite books from 2010.

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Sep 05, 2010
  • ndp21f rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

They were bound like two dogs with their tails tied together, unable to move without having some opposite effect on the other, unable to live a single restful minute without feeling the inevitable tug.

Sep 05, 2010
  • ndp21f rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

They had vague dreams of improvement for their sons, but no ideas about how to achieve them.

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