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Half in Love
by Maile Meloy


Overview - Fourteen remarkable stories that combine strong Western settings with a subtle and distinct female voice. This critically celebrated debut collection marks the exciting beginning of prize-winner Meloy's promising career.

Lean and controlled in their narration, abundant and moving in their effects, Maile Meloy's stories introduce a striking talent.  Read more...


 
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Overview
Fourteen remarkable stories that combine strong Western settings with a subtle and distinct female voice. This critically celebrated debut collection marks the exciting beginning of prize-winner Meloy's promising career.

Lean and controlled in their narration, abundant and moving in their effects, Maile Meloy's stories introduce a striking talent. Most are set in the modern American West, made vivid and unexpected in Meloy's unsentimental vision; others take us to Paris, wartime London, and Greece, with the same remarkable skill and intuition.

In "Four Lean Hounds, ca. 1976," two couples face a complicated grief when one of the four dies. In "Ranch Girl," the college-bound daughter of a ranch foreman must choose which adult world she wants to occupy. In "A Stakes Horse," a woman confronts risk and loss at the racetrack and at home. And in "Aqua Boulevard"--winner of the 2001 Aga Khan Prize for Fiction--an elderly Parisian confronts his mortality. Meloy's command of her characters' voices is breathtaking; their fears and desires are deftly illuminated. Smart, surprising, and evocative, Meloy's brilliantly observed stories fully engage the mind and heart.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780743246859
  • ISBN-10: 0743246853
  • Publisher: Scribner Book Company
  • Publish Date: June 2003
  • Page Count: 176
  • Dimensions: 8.35 x 4.96 x 0.41 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.33 pounds


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Half in Love: Stories

This luminous, acclaimed collection of stories, set primarily in the American West, follows a varied cast of characters as they experience life-changing epiphanies during their daily routines. Stories like "A Stakes Horse" and "Ranch Girl" deliver the flavor of Meloy's native Montana, while "Aqua Boulevard," a melancholy tale centered around an aging Parisian, captures the feel of France. Meloy writes convincingly of ranchers and students, jockeys and lawyers, moving with ease from contemporary America to World War II-era Europe over the course of the book. Told in a minimalist style, these spare stories—many of them award-winners—have earned Meloy comparisons to Raymond Carver. A review of her new novel, Liars and Saints, appears in the "New Voices" section of this issue.

 
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