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Maile Meloy has it her way with 'Both Ways'
Maile Meloy has it her way with 'Both Ways'

Every writer has a personal stash of the misbegotten, that folder on the computer -- or section in the filing cabinet -- for work that the author has given up trying to fix. Maile Meloy, 37, revisited hers three years ago when the literary quarterly Granta asked to publish a new story to go with her listing as one of the "Best of Young American Novelists." Meloy didn't have any new stories "so I got out all the ones from the pile, from the 'secret stash' . . . the ones that I thought were closest, and started trying to figure out which of them I could get ready." She settled on "O Tannenbaum," the story of a young family -- Everett, Pam and...

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