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Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It

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This short story collection is about the battlefields in seemingly harmless spaces: kitchens, living rooms, cars. Set mostly in the American West, the stories feature small-town folk exploring the moral quandaries of love, family, and friendship.

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Denise Morland, November 29, 2010 (view all comments by Denise Morland)
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 charcters, 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.
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ISBN:
9781441770028
Author:
Meloy, Maile
Publisher:
Blackstone Audiobooks
Read by:
Potter, Kirsten Pinchot
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Publication Date:
20100831
Binding:
Compact Disc
Language:
English

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"Synopsis" by , This short story collection is about the battlefields in seemingly harmless spaces: kitchens, living rooms, cars. Set mostly in the American West, the stories feature small-town folk exploring the moral quandaries of love, family, and friendship.
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