Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It

Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It

Streaming Audiobook - 2010
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On Oprah's Summer Reading List for 2010 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. 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.
Publisher: [United States] : Blackstone Audio, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2010.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781441770066
1441770062
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (5hr., 09 min.)) : digital.

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Sep 13, 2014

**** stars. Eleven stories demonstrate the emotional power and the clean, assured style that have earned Maile Meloy praise from critics and devotion from readers. 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 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. ***** I am not normally a fan of short story collections because if I bond with a character, I want to know more and more about him or her. I don't want them to leave after a brief appearance. Ms. Meloy, however, creates such well developed characters and compelling situations that even though I want more, I enjoyed the stories very much. Highly recommend.

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