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READ DOWNLOAD ð Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It ⚢ Award winning writer Maile Meloy s return to short stories explores complex lives in an austere landscape with the clear sightedness that first endeared her to readersMeloy s first return to short stories since her critically acclaimed debut, Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It is an extraordinary new work from one of the most promising writers of the last decadeEleven unforgettable new stories demonstrate the emotional power and the clean, assured style that have earned Meloy praise from critics and devotion from readers Propelled by a terrific instinct for storytelling, and concerned with the convolutions of modern love and the importance of place, this collection is about the battlefields and fields of victory that exist in seemingly harmless spaces, in kitchens and living rooms and cars Set mostly in the American West, the stories feature small town lawyers, ranchers, doctors, parents, and children, and explore the moral quandaries of love, family, and friendship A ranch hand falls for a recent law school graduate who appears unexpectedly and reluctantly in his remote Montana town A young father opens his door to find his dead grandmother standing on the front step Two women weigh love and betrayal during an early snow Throughout the book, Meloy examines the tensions between having and wanting, as her characters try to keep hold of opposing forces in their lives innocence and experience, risk and stability, fidelity and desireKnowing, sly, and bittersweet, Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It confirms Maile Meloy s singular literary talent Her lean, controlled prose, full of insight and unexpected poignancy, is the perfect complement to her powerfully moving storytelling I usually don t go for collections of short stories usually the themes are so similar immigrants have it hard, people cheat on their spouses, music is cool, that after the first few stories, I m bored Also, there s no plot egging you along, making it easy to put the book down But I couldn t put this book down The prose is gorgeous, the stories are simple and memorable I read it in a day If you re going to read one book of short stories, make it this one Or Olive Kittredge But this one I usually don t go for collections of short stories usually the themes are so similar immigrants have it hard, people cheat on their spouses, music is cool, that after the first few stories, I m bored Also, there s no plot egging you along, making it easy to put the book down But I couldn t put this book down The prose is gorgeous, the stories are simple and memorable I read it in a day If you re going to read one book of short stories, make it this one Or Olive Kittredge But this one is really good too Maile Melody s is new to me I like her stories in the same way I like Alice Munro s short story collections Melody s emotional storytelling is FANTASTIC compelling, sad, disturbing, unsettling, realistic, disillusioned, unpredictable, and sensational Both Ways is the Only Way I Want it , is a collection of 11 short stories TRAVIS, B , was the first story COULD NOT PULL AWAY Here s some sample writing of the beginning only the beginning Chet Moran grew up in Logan, Monta Maile Melody s is new to me I like her stories in the same way I like Alice Munro s short story collections Melody s emotional storytelling is FANTASTIC compelling, sad, disturbing, unsettling, realistic, disillusioned, unpredictable, and sensational Both Ways is the Only Way I Want it , is a collection of 11 short stories TRAVIS, B , was the first story COULD NOT PULL AWAY Here s some sample writing of the beginning only the beginning Chet Moran grew up in Logan, Montana, at a time when kids weren t supposed to get polio any In Logan, they still did, and he had it before he was two He recovered, but his right hip never fit in his socket, and his mother always thought he would die young When he was fourteen, he started riding spoiled and unbroken horses, to prove to her that he was invincible He was small and wiry, but his hip made it hard for him to scramble out from under the horses, and he broke his right knee cap, his right foot, and his left femur before he waseighteen His father drove him to Great Falls, where the doctors put a steel rod in his good leg from hip to knee From then on he walked as though he were turning to himself to ask a question His size came from his mother, who was three quarters Cheyenne his father was Irish and bullheaded He left home at twenty and moved up north to the high line He got a job outside Havre feeding cows through the winter, while the ranchers family lived in town and the kids were in school He spent his twenty first birthday wearing longjohns under two flannel shirts and his winter coat, warming up soup on the stove He got afraid of himself that winter he sensed something dangerous that would break free if he kept so much alone In the spring, he got a job in Billings, in an office with friendly secretaries and coffee breaks spent talking about rodeos and sports They liked them there, and offer to send him to the main office in Chicago Chet lived in an insulated room built into the barn, with a TV, a couch, a hot plate, and he fed the cows with the team and sled He bought some new magazines, in which the girls were strangers to him, and he watched Starsky and Hutch and the local news I don t want to sayof where this story goes.but it was filled with thought, emotion of loneliness and a subtle creepy sadness An unforgettable short story one of my favorites in this collection THE GIRLFRIEND , NINE , THE CHILDREN O TANNENBAUM, AGUSTIN , LILIANA , RED FROM GREEN LOVELY RITA, SPY VS SPY TWO STEP.are the others stories Between the dialogue, the plot driven stories, the heartache, the loss, leaving andleaving , the conflicts, the setting in a small town.Melody s compassionate writing is filled with perception leaving the reader reflecting about our shortcomings, our humanity, our desires, choices, unfulfilled expectations, our families, our failures, embarrassments, and vulnerabilities One of the characters, named Fielding, in the story The Children , was doomed to ambivalence and desire A braver man, or acowardly one, would simply flee A happier orcomplacent man would stay and reveal in the familiar, wrap it around him like a bathrobe There was a poem by his daughter, Meg, brought home from college, with the line Both ways is the only way I want it The force with which he wanted it both ways made him grit his teeth What kind of fool wanted it only one way Absolutely fantastic For readers who enjoy short stories This collection is terrific This wonderful title is a quote from a poem by A.R.Ammons, and is an apt description of the quandary encapsulated in each of these stories Often enough the wanting it both ways is the classic case of the husband hoping to keep both wife and lover, or hoping for the chance to juggle the two funny how it s rarely a woman trying to keep all the plates spinning But this is not the only kind of wishful thinking, there is also the child who regrets the departure of her mother s glamorous lover and This wonderful title is a quote from a poem by A.R.Ammons, and is an apt description of the quandary encapsulated in each of these stories Often enough the wanting it both ways is the classic case of the husband hoping to keep both wife and lover, or hoping for the chance to juggle the two funny how it s rarely a woman trying to keep all the plates spinning But this is not the only kind of wishful thinking, there is also the child who regrets the departure of her mother s glamorous lover and his appealing son, or the very funny rivalry between two brothers who would dearly love to do without the other as ego booster and audience to and judge of their success My favourite was the first in the collection, a broken, isolated young man of mixed Cheyenne Indian background, fizzing with loneliness, drives to the nearest town and just follows people into a building, as if he were a stray dog He finds himself in an adult education class taught by a young and attractive lawyer Mesmerised by her, he returns each week, and attempts a restrained courtship of this unapproachable creature who lives six hundred miles away, a telling indication of how much separates them, even though her mother works in a school cafeteria and her sister works in a hospital laundry and selling shoes is the nicest job a girl from my family is supposed to get And that restraint is a key to Meloy s narrative style there are no verbal fireworks, but a calm and unexcited expression of emotion, a style that israther than less effective at conveying that surge of empathy A friend of mine asked me to read this book as it had received good reviews but she wasn t impressed with it She wondered what I would think So here it is From the title, Both Ways Is The Only Way I Want It I made the assumption that it was a book about relationships, a non fiction book And even though my usual reaction to pop psychology self help books is a gag reflex, it probably would have been better than what this book turned out to be It is a book of fictional short stories about the A friend of mine asked me to read this book as it had received good reviews but she wasn t impressed with it She wondered what I would think So here it is From the title, Both Ways Is The Only Way I Want It I made the assumption that it was a book about relationships, a non fiction book And even though my usual reaction to pop psychology self help books is a gag reflex, it probably would have been better than what this book turned out to be It is a book of fictional short stories about the non realization of love, betrayal of love, love expressed as anger, unkindness, inappropriate sexual desires, adultery I found it to be very negative and unimportant TheI read the less I liked it A trash read without the trash One story started out interesting with the dead grandmother showing up at the front door, but it turned out prosaic and depressing If you want depressing non realization and non resolution in short story form then this might be the book for you