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Publisher Comments:

Maile Meloy's smart, surprising and emotional stories, published in The New Yorker, The Paris Review and Best New American Voices, have already earned her devoted admirers. Lean and controlled in their narration, abundant and moving in their effects, the fourteen stories collected in Half in Love are the debut of a striking new talent.

Ten of the stories take place in the modern American West, and in Meloy's unsentimental vision this world becomes vivid and unexpected. In her story "Tome," the disabled client of a Montana lawyer takes a Samoan football player hostage. In "Four Lean Hounds, ca. 1976," two young couples, bound by a complicated friendship, face a complicated grief when one of the four dies. The college-bound daughter of a ranch foreman, in "Ranch Girl," has to choose which adult world she wants to occupy. And in "A Stakes Horse," a young woman deals with risk and loss, both at the racetrack and at home. In small towns and in isolated country, these characters face violence and dread and betrayal, love and loss of love and the ease with which life can be disrupted — all rendered in Meloy's clear, assured style.

Other stories in the collection take us to different times and places with the same remarkable skill and intuition. In "Red," a young American soldier in World War II encounters an English girl exhausted by the Blitz. Guests in a Greek villa, looking for gossip in "Last of the White Slaves," find a more disconcerting story than they wanted. And in "Aqua Boulevard" — winner of the 2001 Aga Khan Prize for Fiction — an elderly Parisian confronts his fear of death. Meloy's command of her characters' voices is breathtaking; their fears and desires are deftly illuminated.

Meloy's characters inevitably stand on the edge of something — of discovery or decision or change — and Meloy delivers these moments with a stirring combination of authority and sympathy. This is a voice of astonishing clarity and unforgettable emotional power.

Review:

"A sparkling debut collection of tight, watchful stories....By the end, the power of storytelling has made itself felt." Janet Maslin, New York Times

Review:

"Minimalist without being enigmatic, talented newcomer Meloy packs a lot into a small space....Impressive debut by a young author previously published in the New Yorker and the Paris Review." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Glowing high-plains tales..." Elle

Review:

"This beautifully written debut story collection is a clear eyed portrayal of family relationships on the brink of change." Harper's Bazaar

Review:

"She never falters in her craft....Meloy is a writer not of promise, but with a fully realized gift." San Francisco Chronicle

Synopsis:

This much-anticipated debut confirms that Maile Meloy is a writer to watch, with 15 stories that combine a distinct voice and a striking wisdom about her characters and the worlds they occupy.

About the Author

Maile Meloy was born in Helena, Montana. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, The Ontario Review, and Best New American Voices. She lives in California.

Table of Contents

Contents

Tome

Four Lean Hounds, ca. 1976

Native Sandstone

Ranch Girl

Garrison Junction

Red

Aqua Boulevard

The River

Kite Whistler Aquamarine

Last of the White Slaves

Thirteen & a Half

Paint

The Ice Harvester

A Stakes Horse

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743216470
Subtitle:
Stories
Author:
Meloy, Maile
Publisher:
Scribner
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
West (u.s.)
Subject:
West
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st
Series Volume:
no. 5J01-04
Publication Date:
July 2002
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8.4375 x 5.5 in 10.800 oz

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Product details 176 pages Scribner Book Company - English 9780743216470 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A sparkling debut collection of tight, watchful stories....By the end, the power of storytelling has made itself felt."
"Review" by , "Minimalist without being enigmatic, talented newcomer Meloy packs a lot into a small space....Impressive debut by a young author previously published in the New Yorker and the Paris Review."
"Review" by , "Glowing high-plains tales..."
"Review" by , "This beautifully written debut story collection is a clear eyed portrayal of family relationships on the brink of change."
"Review" by , "She never falters in her craft....Meloy is a writer not of promise, but with a fully realized gift."
"Synopsis" by , This much-anticipated debut confirms that Maile Meloy is a writer to watch, with 15 stories that combine a distinct voice and a striking wisdom about her characters and the worlds they occupy.
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