Meloy AUTHORDate & Time: June 17 at 6 PM
Location: Longfellow Books, Portland

Maile Meloy’s 2009 collection Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It was named one of the Ten Best Books of the Year by the New York Times Book Review, one of the best books of the year by the Los Angeles Times, and landed on O Magazine’s Summer Reading List. Now, Meloy makes her Maine debut appearance in support of Do Not Become Alarmed, her first new novel for adults since 2006’s acclaimed A Family Daughter.

Meloy is also the author of the novel Liars and Saints and the story collection Half in Love, as well as a trilogy for young readers, beginning with The Apothecary, which was a New York Times bestseller and won the 2012 E.B. White Award. Meloy’s short stories have been published in The New YorkerThe Paris ReviewGranta, and Best American Short Stories 2015, and she has received The Paris Review’s Aga Khan Prize for Fiction, the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story, the Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, two California Book Awards, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.  In 2007, she was chosen as one of Granta’s 21 Best Young American Novelists.  Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street JournalThe New Yorker, and Slate. More…


What happens when two families go on a tropical vacation—and the children go missing. When Liv and Nora decide to take their husbands and children on a holiday cruise, everyone is thrilled. The adults are lulled by the ship’s comfort and ease.  The four children—ages six to eleven—love the nonstop buffet and their newfound independence. But when they all go ashore for an adventure in Central America, a series of minor misfortunes and miscalculations leads the families farther and farther from the safety of the ship.  One minute the children are there, and the next they’re gone.  The parents, accustomed to security and control, turn on each other and blame themselves, while the seemingly helpless children discover resources they never knew they possessed.

Do Not Become Alarmed is a story about the protective force of innocence and the limits of parental power, and the way a crisis shifts our perceptions of what matters most.


“This is the book that every reader longs for: smart and thrilling and impossible to put down. Read it once at breakneck speed to find out what happens next, and then read it slowly to marvel at the perfect prose and the masterwork of a plot. It is an alarmingly good novel.” —Ann Patchett, author of Commonwealth and Bel Canto

“The plot unfolds with terrifying realism… This writer can apparently do it all—New Yorker stories, children’s books, award-winning literary novels, and now, a tautly plotted and culturally savvy emotional thriller. Do not start this book after dinner or you will almost certainly be up all night.”  Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Ominous, addictive… In crafting this high-stakes page-turner, Meloy excels as a master of suspense.” Publishers Weekly, Best Summer Books