Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It

Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It

Book - 2010
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Presents a volume of eleven short works that explores the complexity of life in austere landscapes of the American West, from the tale of a ranch hand who falls for a reluctant newcomer to the story of a young father who is shocked by the reappearance ofhis late grandmother.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2010, ©2009
Edition: First Riverhead trade paperback
ISBN: 9781594484650
Branch Call Number: FICTION Mel
Description: 232 pages ; 21 cm


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TSCPL_Miranda Jul 27, 2017

I struggled between a 4 and 5 star rating on this collection. Every story was interesting and well crafted, but I also felt like almost every story left me hanging. It's actually a good thing that the stories were so great that I wanted more, ha. It also must be said that my feeling of appreciating the skill of the short story artist and yet wanting more than I was given fits in with the title and the theme of the collection beautifully.

Mar 09, 2017

I thought the stories and the characters were uninteresting and flat. I was hoping to feel differently about it, because I like two of her novels: Liars and Saints, and The Apothecary.

Mar 08, 2017

the title is the best thing in this collection.
I disagree with the review above as I found the tone and style unchanging, the voice pretty much the same in all the stories.

Dec 22, 2015

Reviewed In O Magazine - July 2010.

Crheneghan Feb 03, 2011

I loved the tension in these short stories. There is a cost to everything, and the characters in these must deal with these costs. This was one of my favorite books from 2010.


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Sep 05, 2010

They were bound like two dogs with their tails tied together, unable to move without having some opposite effect on the other, unable to live a single restful minute without feeling the inevitable tug.

Sep 05, 2010

They had vague dreams of improvement for their sons, but no ideas about how to achieve them.


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