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Half in Love by Maile Meloy
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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 characters never fought back to reclaim power from the premises of their fictions.
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