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Both Ways is the Only Way I Want it

(2009)
A collection of stories by

 
 
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.

Genre: Romance

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July 2009 : USA Hardback
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Title: Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It
Author(s): Maile Meloy
ISBN: 1-59448-869-X / 978-1-59448-869-6 (USA edition)
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July 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It
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Title: Both Ways is the Only Way I Want it
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August 2010 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It
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Title: Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It
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Title: Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It
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Title: Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It
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Title: Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It
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Title: Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It
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Title: Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It
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Title: Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It
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