|Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It|
Acclaimed author Maile Meloy's Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It finds women disenchanted, disempowered, and hindered by the worlds they live inside.
Montana-bred, L.A.-based Maile Meloy has more worldly, cool credentials than most young writers—she’s in demand at The New Yorker, Granta, and The Paris Review; she’s a Guggenheim fellow with abundant awards and prizes; her kid brother is Decemberist Colin Meloy. But the short stories in her second collection are set deep in disempowered, rural alienation. Characters leading isolated lives in awkward circumstances are brought vividly into focus by her spot-on command of dialogue and tone. Abandonment and infidelity pervade; the girls in these stories are tantalized by their own desires but can’t negotiate the ways of men, and adult women are bound by the disappointing bargains they have struck.
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