debuts of the month
Search our site
Persons Unknown by Susie Steiner Read the opening extract of the brand new Susie Steiner book before its publication on 05/04/2018

Half in Love by Maile Meloy


Half in Love by Maile Meloy

Selected for Richard & Judy's Summer Read, Maile Meloy's brilliant novel, Liars and Saints, was acclaimed by readers and reviewers alike. In deceptively straightforward writing, Meloy depicted the story of the Santerre family with remarkable insight and perception, creating 'an emotional resonance that lasts long after the last page' (Daily Mail).This same talent is again on display in these dazzling stories. Whether Meloy is describing a soldier's kiss in wartime London, a best friend's funeral or a young girl's determination to hang on to her virginity, the result is startling, fresh and unforgettable.


Meloy writes elegantly and precisely, never wasting a word... a terrific read * Time Out on LIARS AND SAINTS * Wistful tales of love lost and found * Mail on Sunday * A natural, who consistently widens and extend the short story form to meet the demands of her uncommon intelligence and wit and sympathy * Richard Ford * Absolutely compulsive * The Daily Telegraph on LIARS AND SAINTS * In every story she creates a complex portrait of such disparate lives that by the end of the book I feel like I've seen the world. Half in Love is a vibrant, gorgeous collection * Ann Patchett * A sparkling debut collection of tight, watchful stories... by the end the power of storytelling has made itself felt * New York Times * Beautifully written * Harper's Bazaar * Meloy writes in a compelling style. She plucks run of the mill lives out of the ether and weaves them into an interesting yarn. * Dover Express/Folkestone Herald *

About the Author

Maile Meloy
Maile Meloy was born in Helena, Montana, and lives in California. Her first novel, LIARS AND SAINTS, drew acclaim from readers and reviewers alike. It was shortlisted for the 2005 Orange Prize for Fiction, and was selected as a Richard & Judy Summer Read.

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

7th March 2005


Maile Meloy

More books by Maile Meloy
Author 'Like for Like'

Author's Website


John Murray Publishers Ltd an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division


176 pages


Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



Why I love @lovereadinguk? It's in the name - as dedicated lovers of reading, they are perfect matchmakers for helping me find my next read!

Catherine Jenkins

The books for review are always great reads, brilliantly written, and introduces me to a huge variety of, established and new, authors.

Lesley Hart

Lovereading does a stella job in promoting both new and established authors.

Iris Clements

I love the honest opinions, recommendations for every genre and every reader, wish lists and Like for Like.

Amrita Dasgupta

Lovereading is an amazing place to be, the website is wonderful and to me if I'm sad I'll go here and it cheers me up!

Sophia Upton

Insightful reader reviews and unbiased recommendations. I don't know how I chose books before Lovereading! An essential for all book lovers.

Sarah Harper

Lovereading - a community of people passionate about reading and sharing their views. An incomparable website for book lovers.

Helen Clark

I love Lovereading because of its ability to connect people that love books & unite them in a friendly, stimulating & interesting community.

Megan Olwen William