Devotion: A Rat Story [NOOK Book]

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Hailed by “The New Yorker” as “a wise and astonishing conjurer of convincing realities,” Maile Meloy is one of our country’s most celebrated short story writers. In her scalp-prickling Byliner Original “Devotion: A Rat Story,” she shows how easily an everyday reality—a young woman’s struggle for an independent life— can become a nightmare, toothy monsters included.


It’s not easy being twenty-something in America, with the economy down and jobs...

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Overview

Hailed by “The New Yorker” as “a wise and astonishing conjurer of convincing realities,” Maile Meloy is one of our country’s most celebrated short story writers. In her scalp-prickling Byliner Original “Devotion: A Rat Story,” she shows how easily an everyday reality—a young woman’s struggle for an independent life— can become a nightmare, toothy monsters included.


It’s not easy being twenty-something in America, with the economy down and jobs scarce, especially if you’re also a single mother. An art school graduate with a four-year-old daughter, Eleanor is desperate to move out of her parents’ house at last. When a tiny yellow bungalow comes on the market, with a yard and a tree for climbing, it seems perfect for the two of them, and mysteriously affordable. Not until Eleanor enters the house to unpack does she realize she has made a terrible—and terrifying—mistake.


Eleanor hadn’t met the next-door neighbors, and didn’t know what lived there with them—seething through the house, multiplying daily, fat and hungry and spreading out into the neighborhood. When Eleanor tries to confront the onslaught, she is told that these “pets” are not the ones intruding—she is.


An engrossing, exquisitely unsettling tale from an American literary treasure, “Devotion: A Rat Story” will leave you suspicious of your neighbors and fearful of what’s lurking in your backyard, in your living room—or even in your own head.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Maile Meloy is the author of the novels “Liars and Saints” and “A Family Daughter,” the young adult novels “The Apothecary” and “The Apprentices,” and the story collections “Half in Love” and “Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It,” which was named one of the Ten Best Books of 2009 by the “New York Times Book Review.” Meloy’s stories have been published in “The New Yorker,” “The Paris Review,” and “Granta.” She was chosen as one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists in 2007 and has received the PEN/Malamud Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship.


PRAISE FOR MAILE MELOY


“Don’t let the easy accessibility of Maile Meloy’s writing fool you: she’s capable of witchcraft.” —Time


“Meloy is such a talented and unpredictable writer that I’m officially joining her fan club; whatever she writes next, I’ll gladly read it.” —Curtis Sittenfeld, the New York Times Book Review


“In the best short stories—by Poe, Raymond Carver, Hemingway, Flannery O’Connor or Alice Munro—there is always malaise, if not outright heartache, on the horizon. In less able hands this convention turns lugubrious and contrived. But Meloy’s lean, targeted descriptions and her ultimately compassionate eye make this journey hurt so good.” —The Los Angeles Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781614520856
  • Publisher: Byliner Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/16/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 561,855
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Maile Meloy
Maile Meloy is the author of the novels “Liars and Saints” and “A Family Daughter,” the young adult novels “The Apothecary” and “The Apprentices,” and the story collections “Half in Love” and “Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It,” which was named one of the Ten Best Books of 2009 by the “New York Times Book Review.” Meloy’s stories have been published in “The New Yorker,” “The Paris Review,” and “Granta.” She was chosen as one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists in 2007 and has received the PEN/Malamud Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship.


PRAISE FOR MAILE MELOY

“Don’t let the easy accessibility of Maile Meloy’s writing fool you: she’s capable of witchcraft.” —Time

“Meloy is such a talented and unpredictable writer that I’m officially joining her fan club; whatever she writes next, I’ll gladly read it.” —Curtis Sittenfeld, the New York Times Book Review

“In the best short stories—by Poe, Raymond Carver, Hemingway, Flannery O’Connor or Alice Munro—there is always malaise, if not outright heartache, on the horizon. In less able hands this convention turns lugubrious and contrived. But Meloy’s lean, targeted descriptions and her ultimately compassionate eye make this journey hurt so good.” —The Los Angeles Times
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    1. Hometown:
      Los Angeles, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      1972
    2. Place of Birth:
      Helena, Montana
    1. Education:
      M.F.A. in Fiction, University of California, Irvine, 2000

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