Byliner Releases Maile Meloy's Devotion: A Rat Story
Today Byliner publishes Devotion: A Rat Story ($1.99), by Maile Meloy. Hailed by The New Yorker as "a wise and astonishing conjurer of convincing realities," Meloy is one of our country's most celebrated fiction writers. In her scalp-prickling Byliner Original Devotion: A Rat Story, she shows how easily an everyday reality a young woman's struggle for an independent life can become a nightmare, toothy monsters included.
It's not easy being twenty-something in America, with the economy down and jobs scarce, especially if you're also a single mother. An art school graduate with a four-year-old daughter, Eleanor is desperate to move out of her parents' house at last. When a tiny yellow bungalow comes on the market, with a yard and a tree for climbing, it seems perfect for the two of them, and mysteriously affordable. Not until Eleanor enters the house to unpack does she realize she has made a terrible and terrifying mistake.
Eleanor hadn't met the next-door neighbors, and didn't know what lived there with them seething through the house, multiplying daily, fat and hungry and spreading out into the neighborhood. When Eleanor tries to confront the onslaught, she is told that these "pets" are not the ones intruding she is.
An engrossing, exquisitely unsettling tale from an American literary treasure, Devotion will leave you suspicious of your neighbors and fearful of what's lurking in your backyard, in your living room or even in your own head.
About the Author: Maile Meloy is the author of the novels Liars and Saints and A Family Daughter, the young adult novels The Apothecary and The Apprentices, and the story collections Half in Love and Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It, which was named one of the Ten Best Books of 2009 by the New York Times Book Review. Meloy's stories have been published in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and Granta. She was chosen as one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists in 2007 and has received the PEN/Malamud Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship.