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Half in Love: Stories

Half in Love: Stories By Maile Meloy Half in Love Stories 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

  • Title: Half in Love: Stories
  • Author: Maile Meloy
  • ISBN: 9780743246859
  • Page: 179
  • Format: Paperback
  • Half in Love: Stories By Maile Meloy 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 modernFourteen 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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    1. Laura on said:

      I will be honest and tell you that I requested books by Maile Meloy from my library because I adore Colin Meloy s singing and lyrics Even his banter with the crowd during a concert is amusing and endearing Anyway, uh, right, Maile Meloy Usually I look forward to short stories, but after the first two or three in a book, they all go downhill The first story, Tome , was about a lawyer who went to help her client in a hostage situation The second was a teeny bit contrived, about a man who realizes [...]

    2. Katy on said:

      There was a time when I enjoyed stark, skeletal stories like these now I find them withholding than lean and composed But that s just me.

    3. Ally Armistead on said:

      Half in Love will always remain one of my absolute most favorite short story collections Ranging from WW II England to Montana ranch country to American suburbia, Half in Love explores just that, the nature of love between strangers, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, fathers and sons Of all the stories, the most powerful for this reader anyway is Red, the story of an American soldier in WW II England who is so desperate for warmth and beauty that he tries to extract some measure of happ [...]

    4. Kelly on said:

      I don t have high expectations, really I mean, look at my track recordI m easy to please Yet, I could not find one story in this collection that I liked Although beautifully written, each story is about as interesting as watching paint dry Also, I don t always need to have a happy ending, but I do require purpose in a story A reason to turn the page Instead, what I got were sad, random glimpses into people s lives for no apparent reason than to show that s it s tough all over.

    5. Ron on said:

      This fine collection of stories is set mostly in Montana and were originally published in periodicals such as The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, and The Ontario Review Many have the sharply detailed yet emotionally elusive quality of New Yorker fiction, for example the first two stories, Tome and Four Lean Hounds, ca 1976 In the first, a lawyer must deal with a disabled client who takes hostage a young employee of the state agency that has handled his case The ironic details and the [...]

    6. Michael on said:

      I didn t care for this and am having trouble coming up with good reasons why The author is a talented writer and the stories present interesting situations a soldier in World War II on the night before he is to cross into France, a group of travelers stranded and one of them is a truck driver who has just been involved in a fatal accident, a man coming to the realization that his wife is seriously ill Yet, I couldn t really get into them Maybe it was the sameness of them the desolate landscapes, [...]

    7. Jamie on said:

      These stories are not as refined or as perfect as Meloy s novels, but they are just as beautiful Almost all of them take place in Montana or other similar barren, solitary locations all are haunting and somehow frightening She is so spare, so simple in her writing, but in a way that makes her so very powerful This woman knows how to make you FEEL it in your gut It s incredible, really.

    8. Jennifer on said:

      Meh Not really a fan I read rave reviews but I much prefer Pam Houston over this author I found myself bored with the short stories A small collection of pages, yet I didn t even feel like reading the last story.

    9. Britta on said:

      She is beautiful, and sparkles like jewels when she is wearing none skin like gold, white teeth and clear blue eyes Sometimes my son has a face like a storm, and then it clears, and again he is the most attractive child I have ever seen.

    10. Mark on said:

      I recently watched and adored a film called Certain Women, directed by Kelly Reichardt I loved the way the stories carefully, unfolded and discovered that the writer was a novelist and a short story author I immediately requested this collection and it was as good as expected I love stories set in the modern American west and Meloy nails it here I highly recommend it Here is a taste We left early, heading into a pale sunrise, and somewhere on the winding road through the canyons it turned into a [...]

    11. Christopher on said:

      This collection of fourteen short stories includes two Tome and Native Sandstone that served as inspiration for two of the three parts of director Kelly Reichardt s stirring 2016 cinematic triptych,Certain Women filmfestivaltoday film Montana native Maile Meloy has a real knack for these kinds of brief narrative sketches, many of which barely get started before ending abruptly Indeed, that is both the strength and weakness of the volume filled with strong descriptions of existential longing, the [...]

    12. Gloria on said:

      I loooove a good short story And these are good But they reo short Most of them, I felt like they ended just when I was really getting into them I wish I could ve rated this book 3.5 stars The stories really are artful and made me want to keep reading, but they just end too soon Still, I liked them enough that I ordered another book of hers immediately from the library.

    13. Susan on said:

      short stories of ordinary people on the brink of change The movie Certain Women was based on Meloy stories, some of them in this book the movie doesn t do them justice Different settings but the ones about Montana are the best.

    14. Kim Hooper on said:

      Here s the thing For a while, I was off short story collections, the way you re off fish for a while after your favorite market forgot to de bone it I read the ones that got all the accolades and thought, I don t get it Meaning, I don t get the stories and I don t get the hype Lots of short story collections are over my head They seem abstract and pretentious to me But, I loved Maile Meloy s Liars and Saints so figured I d give her stories a try I m glad I did Her stories are real, honest, strai [...]

    15. Lawrence on said:

      I m guess I m a sucker for stories that an a melancoly undertone to them and all of these stories do Meloy, sister of The Decemberists lead, can capture that feeling, clearly and intensely, in the stories she writes And, the stories in this collection focus on thoughts, feelings, reactions, a very interior focus The problem with the stories comes in exactly how to end them For me, only a few of the endings works naturally given the flow of the story s specific details, focus Aqua Boulevard, for [...]

    16. Renee on said:

      Meloy makes me brave about my own writing She writes elegant single scenes that contain a whole world s worth of story just under the surface Somebody told me once that single scene stories never get published and I wish I d known about Meloy back then because she does it so well I had to return to the book to the library, so apologies for not naming the specific story here, but she tells one story about a couple that goes to ask a man if they can have some sheet rock from his property In that s [...]

    17. Lori Weir on said:

      Fourteen great stories mostly set in the American ranching west with female protagonists Each story is raw with emotion and really allows you to understand the character s thought process in a short space of time Meloy never shies away from the gruesome side of life, the natural turn of events, telling things the way they are, in a way that most people would run away from However, Meloy does this in such a way that you cannot help but turn the next page and see what she has in store for you next [...]

    18. Mary on said:

      If you re white, and you re not rich or poor but somewhere in the middle, it s hard to have worse luck than to be born a girl on a ranch.I prefer Maile Meloy s later short story collection Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It, but this one still has some gems Ranch Girl is one of my very favorite short stories, and even though it s written in second person, it doesn t feel gimmicky Meloy s not a writer to use gimmicks, actually Her writing is very controlled, sparse almost, and deceptively simple [...]

    19. Johna on said:

      Reading Maile Meloy makes me feel like I can write Not because writing is easy it isn t and not because her stories are overly simple Instead, reading Maile Meloy reminds me that we all have stories to tell They don t have to be profound They don t have to be complex They only have to be true, in the sense that in their retelling, they are faithful to what it was we experienced or witnessed, no , no less Like lagom which I feel like Meloy has incorporated a lot of in these stories I highly recom [...]

    20. Joan Colby on said:

      A remarkable collection of short stories Meloy is not afraid to exhibit her versatility though many of the stories take place in the west, the voices and situations vary with narrators of either sex and widely divergent backgrounds Meloy treats her subjects with subtlety but unlike so many other current short fiction writers, she invests her tales with moral centers, which is not to say that she is a moralist, far from it, but that she sees her fiction as having a core question, rather than mere [...]

    21. DilanAc on said:

      It is hard to believe that this is a debut collection of stories They are moving and powerful The Western setting reminds me of Annie Proulx Four Lean Hounds is haunting Paint is excruciating to read Even on the second time around, I could barely stand it.Some of the other stories that take place outside the west like Red and Aqua Boulevard I found weaker They didn t feel quite as connected to the emotional content of the story, but still an impressive first collection One story that might get p [...]

    22. Caroline on said:

      There were a few underwhelming stories, but overall I really enjoyed this collection Meloy has a great range not only does she write men and women equally well, she also does well with a variety of ages in her characters Standout stories, for me Four Lean Hounds, ca 1976Garrison JunctionAqua BoulevardLast of the White SlavesShe s just one of those authors whose writing leaves a lump in your throat I think I like her recent collection, Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It, better, but I definitel [...]

    23. Linds Sloan on said:

      Certainly as solid as her latest collection The stories in Half in Love are subtly heartbreaking The sentiment is so well done that it almost blindsides you refer to Kite Whistler Aquamarine for the saddest line about a horse you will ever imbibe The Montana stories in this collection bring to mind the Proulx collections Favorite story Last of the White Slaves , for the line So, no love to you except the old love, and that was real enough A close second from Thirteen A Half Chase said thirteen y [...]

    24. Dave on said:

      Maile Meloy is an amazing short story writer and she owns Montana as much as any living writer owns any other land The first five stories in this book fit with the best of her work in Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It amongst the greatest in modern fiction Meloy falls off a bit in her journeys to Europe in this book, and then recovers with the haunting Paint.I ve now read all four of Meloy s adult fiction books, and with one 5 star and two 4 stars amongst them I will certainly read a fifth whe [...]

    25. Leslie Jamison on said:

      I should start by saying that I genuinely respect Maile Meloy s prose and love her wisdom about people in general it seems and her characters in particular That said, I feel like her later stories are better than her first ones What was razor in Both Ways felt vaguer in Half in Love Characters faded into the extremity of their situations, winter storms and rugged plains Some set ups the disgruntled man takes a hostage, the dead man was cheating on his wife felt overly conceived of and the charac [...]

    26. Jaylia3 on said:

      I usually don t enjoy short stories because it feels like there isn t enough there to be able to really sink into them, but that isn t the case for Half in Love Though in the short story format Maile Meloy must sketch her characters quickly, she is so good at conjuring fully formed people that almost from the first paragraph of most of these stories I felt that I both knew the characters well and wanted to hear about them Her settings, from the ranches of Montana to wartime Europe, are evoked j [...]

    27. Mauricio on said:

      Un fant stico primer libro de cuentos Ninguno de estos cuentos, sin embargo, se acerca a la maestr a de los incluidos en Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It , y hubo momentos en que francamente sent que los finales podr an haber sido mejores, o quiz es que me sent tan embebido en cada una de estas historias que no me parec a posible que tuvieran que terminar a la siguiente p gina Despu s de estos dos vol menes de cuentos es bastante seguro que me leer las novelas.

    28. Pam on said:

      This is the story collection of Maile Meloy s to read Each story has a compelling plot as well as characters who are fully realized, and one can imagine how the rest of their lives turn out after only the brief glimpse these stories allow The prose is crisp and lyrical, and the author needs only a few words to break your heart Each story seemed even better than the last, though all are stunning on their own.

    29. Henry on said:

      The first collection by one of my favorite short story writers All the stories move along well the dialogue is real and never stilted, the description of countryside is adept and not intrusive and for the most part the stories end with a perfect pitch of ambiguity Her characters are young, old, American, European, smart, stubborn.ried and crisp Enjoy this and her other collection, Both Ways Is The Way I Want It.

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