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Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It

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  • Posted August 20, 2009

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    Isn't that they way it always goes?

    As an avid reader of short story collections, I plowed through this book in too short a time. I was saddened when I realized I had reached the final story. Much like Maile Meloy's characters, I longed for something I knew was unattainable, yet against my better judgment put off completion to draw out the experience. Focusing on intimate familial and romantic relationships, both real and imagined, Meloy masters the art of creating characters both despicable and relatable. We are all fallible and Meloy points this out in the most gut-wrenching ways. I found during some of the stories, my emotional reaction was followed by an equally surprising physical reaction. I hesitate to recommend this book to every reader, as it points to all the poor choices made for us and by us which we are capable of, but I cannot stop myself from recommending it given the exceptional writing and Meloy's ability to deftly show an interior life and the outside world with equal insight and delicacy.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 27, 2012

    Great short story collection!

    I like to keep a short story collection on my Nook for times when I just have a few minutes to read. I ended up ignoring the other books I was reading until I finished this. I loved the characters in these stories and the choices they had to make.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 29, 2010

    These short stories work nicely in the audio format.

    Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It is a collection of short stories mostly featuring men and women living in the fringes of the American West. They inhabit those small, western towns were people still have one foot in older, more simple ways and one foot edging into the fast-paced, more technological world. The stories are written in a plain, honest language that feels natural for the setting and characters.

    In general I'm not a big fan of short stories. They either draw me in and then leave me wanting more or they fail to capture my attention. Maile Meloy did a good job of making me feel immediately connected to the characters and also of creating a clear beginning and an end in her stories. I enjoyed the feeling of getting a brief glimpse into some of the most intimate moments of these ordinary lives. Books written with the flavor of life in the West are always a particular favorite of mine and she invokes the landscape and people with a tenderness and truthfulness that really drew me in. I did wish for a little more hope and happiness for her characters, but that's me always wanting a happy ending.

    I listened to the audio version of Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It. It is read by Kirsten Potter and Bronson Pinchot. They do a fine job of narrating the stories, using unembellished, plain-spoken voices and intonations as suits the people they are narrating. The short stories work nicely in the audio format.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2010

    do not waste your time or money

    I thought this book was horrible. I felt like I was reading a book written by elementary school students. I can not believe I actually paid for this, which is the only reason I finished it in the first place.

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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