From Jess Walter, the bestselling author of Beautiful Ruins, comes We Live in Water - a darkly funny, utterly compelling collection of stories about the American family. We Live in Water brings to vivid life a world of lost fathers and redemptive con men, of personal struggles and diminished dreams, a world marked by the wry wit and generosity of spirit that has made Jess Walter one of America's most talked-about writers.
In 'Thief', a blue-collar worker turns unlikely detective to find out which of his kids is stealing from the family vacation fund. In 'We Live in Water', a lawyer returns to a corrupt North Idaho town to find the father who disappeared thirty years earlier. In 'Anything Helps', a homeless man has to 'go to cardboard' to raise enough money to buy his son the new Harry Potter book.
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In 'Virgo', a local newspaper editor tries to get back at his superstitious ex-girlfriend by screwing with her horoscope. The final story transforms slyly from a portrait of Walter's hometown into a moving contemplation of our times. These stories are very, very good. If you like to read, you'll like this book.
A witty and sobering snapshot of recession-era America.
Jess Walter has impressive command of the short story Since 13 stories should be plenty for a collection, maybe the best compliment we might pay the author is to object that this book is too short. There's no sudden resolution, but there's enough wit to help you get through the messy bits.
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We Live in Water review – Jess Walter's bleak but sympathetic short stories
Traveling from hip Portland to once-hip Seattle to never-hip Spokane, to a condemned casino in Las Vegas and a bottomless lake in the dark woods of Idaho, this is a world of lost fathers and redemptive con men, of personal struggles and diminished dreams. He lives in his hometown of Spokane, Washington. By Jess Walter. Add to Wish List. NOT on our shelves now.
Usually ships business days from warehouse. ETA will be updated with email order confirmation. Description From New York Times bestselling author, the first collection of short fiction from Jess Walter—a suite of diverse and searching stories about personal struggle and diminished dreams, all of them marked by the wry wit, keen eye, and generosity of spirit that has made him a bookseller and reader favorite Stories in We Live in Water range from comic tales of love to social satire and suspenseful crime fiction.
Darkly funny, sneakily sad, these stories are very, very good.
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