Behaving badly

Both Ways Is The Only Way I Want It by Maile Meloy is a brilliant collection of short stories. All the characters are flawed in very human ways, and behave in predictably bad ways. Meloy has a cutting eye for detail that keeps you glued to the page as she exposes every last foible and embarrassment. There is a slightly forbidden flavour to the collection, as if the stories had been written by an interesting, but somewhat unsavory teenager who listens at doors and then repeats what she hears. I enjoyed immensely.

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