Maile Meloy's Knockout Short Stories

In her sharp collection of stories, Maile Meloy pulls no punches

Portrait of author Maile Meloy.

Don't let the easy accessibility of Maile Meloy's writing fool you; she's capable of witchcraft. You could blaze through her first novel, Liars and Saints, happily reach for the second, A Family Daughter, see that it's about the same family and prepare yourself for a sequel. Instead, what you get is the same saga, different narrative. Characters die in one book and not the other, have sex in one and suffer tormented lust in the other. Individually, each novel is well crafted and compulsively readable. Together, they're a meta-authorial head game that makes you rethink the nature of fiction and your...

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