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August 18, 2009

Reading Maile Meloy


The 37-year-old author has written a total of four books, of which I'm reading number three with four waiting on the shelf.

I happened on her 2003 novel, "Liars and Saints" (excerpt here) and was enchanted by the easy lyricism of her writing, wrapped around a consistently surprising turn of events in the story.


That made her new story collection, "Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It" (excerpt here) a no-brainer and it proved to be even better than the novel.

Then it was on to Amazon for her first book, a 2002 story collection entitled "Half in Love" (excerpt here)


which I'm reading now, rationing myself to one story a day so as to make it last longer, following which it will be on to her second novel, 2006's "A Family Daughter" (excerpt here).


After that I guess I'll just wait for the next book.

It is simply uncanny how Meloy's deceptively simple style can embrace such unexpected twists and turns in the stories she tells.

She joins the limited number of writers in the world who get a guaranteed read from me with each new book.

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Ya know how I know you have really good taste? You like all the same authors I do and your assessment is always spot on. Aren't we brilliant? Yes, like Ian McEwin, who you also turned me on to, I will read anything she writes. I would add to the list, Elizabeth Gilbert.

Posted by: David Gray | Aug 19, 2009 12:35:04 AM

Who are the others that get a guarenteed read?

Posted by: Justin | Aug 18, 2009 8:31:55 PM

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