Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It

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Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It

Format:  CD/Spoken Word,

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Publisher: Blackstone Audio Inc

Publish Date: Aug 2010

ISBN-13: 9781441770028

ISBN-10: 144177002X

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This short story collection is about the battlefields in seemingly harmless spaces: kitchens, living rooms, cars. Set mostly in the American West, the stories feature small-town folk exploring the moral quandaries of love, family, and friendship.


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Publisher: Blackstone Audio Inc
Publish Date: Aug 2010
ISBN-13: 9781441770028
ISBN-10: 144177002X
Format: CD/Spoken Word
Number of Pages: 0
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.5
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.5 x 1.2 x 6.2
Walmart No.: 9781441770028

About the author

Biography of Meloy, Maile

Maile Meloy was born in Helena, Montana on January 1, 1972. She received a bachelor's degree from Harvard College and an M.F.A. in fiction from the University of California, Irvine. Her works include Liars and Saints, A Family Daughter, and The Apothecary. She has won numerous awards including The Paris Review's Aga Khan Prize for Fiction for her story, Aqua Boulevard, in 2001; the PEN/Malamud Award for Half in Love in 2003; and the California Book Awards Silver Medal for Fiction for Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It. She has also received the Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2004. In 2007, she was chosen as one of Granta's 21 Best Young American Novelists.


Review by Library Journal (2010-12-01)

Meloy's ( second short story collection, following the New York Times Notable Book Half in Love (2002), contains 11 wrecks-stories you know aren't going to end well but can't turn away from anyway. Adultery, racism, selfishness, and death hit one after the other, continuously jarring listeners. Set mostly in the American West, the stories are sparsely written, with every word weighing heavily. The staid narration by actors Kirsten Potter ( and Audie Award winner Bronson Pinchot add to the solidness of the collection, which will appeal to fans of Flannery O'Connor and Henry James.

- Donna Bachowski, Orange Cty. Lib. Syst., Orlando, FL

(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal (2009-06-01)

Readers drawn to the short story are sometimes disappointed upon reading a collection by a single author, even one they favor. The collection might seem padded, or the voice that struck us as original and engaging becomes boringly familiar halfway through. No such hazard awaits the readers of this new collection. The award-winning Meloy (Half in Love) continues to deliver stories that please and surprise as each narrative's small world unfolds.

As one would expect from its cunning title, taken from a poem by A.R. Ammons, this collection features desire in its many, often contradictory elements, encounters that take a character by surprise but hardly make a ripple in anybody else's world. For example, the young Montana ranch hand in "Travis, B", finds himself smitten by the harried young teacher of an adult education class he happens upon just by following people into the classroom building. It's the act of entering the building that frees him, not the unlikely possibility of romance, and the reader comes to know him just as he begins to know himself.

Verdict: Readers who have waited impatiently for Meloy's return to this genre, perhaps the one in which Meloy herself seems most at home, have a treat in store.

-Sue Russell, Bryn Mawr, PA

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Awards and Recognitions

  • New York Times Editors' Choice, 2009 (United States)
  • New York Times Notable Books of the Year, 2009 (United States)

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