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Literary Luncheon with Author Maile Meloy

Maile Meloy

The Partners of the UCI Libraries Present
A Literary Luncheon with

Maile Meloy

Author of
Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It

Tuesday, February 9, 2010
11:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Hosted by Library Partner Doreen Hamburger in her Corona del Mar home.

The author will read excerpts from her short story collection and discuss her writing; a book signing will follow. $50 includes a buffet lunch and a copy of Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It.

Proceeds support the UCI Libraries' New Fiction Fund

Limited seating. Reservations requested. For information and registration please call (949)824-5300 or email partners@uci.edu.

Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It - Eleven stories, featuring a love-struck young ranch hand, an aging Argentine lover, the ambivalent builders at a nuclear power plant, a self-involved grandmother who comes back from the dead, and two hitchhikers named Bonnie and Clyde. In all of the stories, the characters are caught between opposing forces: between innocence and experience, impulse and stability, fidelity and desire.

"Meloy's characters frequently leave each other or let each other down, and it is precisely that—their vulnerabilities, failures, and flaws—that make them so wonderful to follow as they vacillate between isolation and connection." - Publisher's Weekly.

"Don't let the easy accessibility of Maile Meloy's writing fool you: she's capable of witchcraft.... These 11 stories are quick, powerful jabs, startling in their economy; you're propelled toward each ending, certain she won't be able to wrap it up in one more page, and you're proved wrong every time." - Time

Maile Meloy is the author of the story collection Half in Love, the novels Liars and Saints and A Family Daughter, and the new collection, Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It. Meloy's stories have been published in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Zoetrope: All-Story, Granta, and other publications, and she has received The Paris Review's Aga Khan Prize for Fiction, the PEN/Malamud Award, the Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2007, she was chosen as one of Granta's 21 Best Young American Novelists. A graduate of UC Irvine's MFA Program in Fiction, she was born and raised in Helena, Montana, and now lives in Los Angeles.