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Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It by Maile Meloy
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Dec 13, 2010

really liked it
Read in December, 2010

This is my first short story collection in a while. I used to be crazy about short stories. When I started reading this I remembered why, then also immediately remembered why I stopped being so crazy about them -- I want more!!! It always feels like I'm gorging on desserts when I read a whole bunch of short stories at once. Even though these are beautifully written, I felt like I wanted to stop and keep going at the same time and that kind of cognitive stuff bugs me.

That said, "The Children" had my adrenaline racing as I read - even though at first I thought "Oh, god, more cheating spouses." "Spy vs. Spy" was one of those stories that makes you feel so icky but at the same time amazed that a piece of paper could make you feel that way. I enjoyed (though given the topic maybe this is the wrong word) "Nine" and "The Girlfriend" too. The only story I really didn't love was "Agustin."

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