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Nationality  American
Siblings  Colin Meloy
Role  Fiction writer

Name  Maile Meloy
Genre  Fiction
Awards  PEN/Malamud Award
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Born  January 1, 1972 (age 43) Helena, Montana (1972-01-01)
Notable awards  Guggenheim Fellowship (2004)
Relatives  Colin Meloy, brother Carson Ellis, sister in-law Ellen Meloy, aunt
Education  University of California, Irvine (2000), Harvard University
Books  The Apothecary, Both Ways is the Only Way I Wa, Liars and Saints, Half in love, The After‑Room
Similar People  Colin Meloy, Carson Ellis, Kelly Reichardt

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Maile Meloy (born January 1, 1972) is an American fiction writer.


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Early life and education

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Born and raised in Helena, Montana, Meloy received a bachelor's degree from Harvard College in 1994 and an MFA from the University of California, Irvine.


Meloy won The Paris Review's Aga Khan Prize for Fiction for her story, "Aqua Boulevard," in 2001; the PEN/Malamud Award for her first collection of short stories, Half in Love, in 2003; and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2004. In 2007, Granta included her on its list of the 21 "Best Young American Novelists."

Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, and she is a frequent contributor to The New York Times.

Describing how she wrote "Half in Love," Meloy is quoted on the Ploughshares web site as saying, "What I wound up with was a book that was set in different decades, partly in Montana—and those stories were some of the hardest to write, because it's the place I’m closest to—and partly in other places, in London and Paris and Greece. So it had very little temporal or geographical unity, but the characters are all caught between one thing and another, half in love with something or someone, when life deals them something they didn’t expect."

In 2015, two stories from Meloy's collection Half in Love ("Tome" and "Native Sandstone") and one story from Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It ("Travis, B.") were adapted into the movie Certain Women directed by Kelly Reichardt. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2016 and was released by IFC Films in October 2016. A story from the book was also featured on This American Life's 2016 Christmas episode, read aloud by Meloy.

Personal life

Meloy is the older sister of Colin Meloy, frontman of The Decemberists, solo artist, and also the author of The Wildwood Chronicles novels Wildwood, Under Wildwood and Wildwood Imperium. Their aunt, the late Ellen Meloy, was also an author.

Maile Meloy lives in Los Angeles.


  • Half in Love: Stories (2002)
  • Liars and Saints (2003)
  • A Family Daughter (2006)
  • Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It: Stories (2009)
  • The Apothecary Series (books)
  • The Apothecary (2011)
  • The Apprentices (2013)
  • The After-Room (2015)
  • References

    Maile Meloy Wikipedia

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