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We Live in Water : Stories
by Jess Walter


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From New York Times bestselling author Jess Walter, now available in paperback 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

The first collection of short fiction from Jess Walter, New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Ruins, We Live in Water is a diverse suite of stories marked by the wry wit and generosity of spirit that has made him one of America s most talked-about writers.  Read more...


 
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Overview

From New York Times bestselling author Jess Walter, now available in paperback 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

The first collection of short fiction from Jess Walter, New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Ruins, We Live in Water is a diverse suite of stories marked by the wry wit and generosity of spirit that has made him one of America s most talked-about writers.

Stories in We Live in Water range from comic tales of love to social satire and suspenseful crime fiction. 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.

In title story We Live in Water, a lawyer returns to his corrupt hometown to find his father, who disappeared 30 years earlier. In Thief, a blue-collar worker turns unlikely detective to find out which of his kids is stealing from the family fund.

Anything Helps sees a homeless man try to raise money to buy his son the new Harry Potter book; and in Virgo, a newspaper editor attempts to get back at his superstitious ex-girlfriend by screwing with her horoscope.

Also included are Don t Eat Cat and Statistical Abstract of My Hometown, Spokane, Washington, both of which achieved cult status after their first publication online."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780061926624
  • ISBN-10: 0061926620
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial
  • Publish Date: February 2013
  • Page Count: 192


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Books > Fiction > Short Stories (single author)
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2012-12-24
  • Reviewer: Staff

Title notwithstanding, most of the characters in Walter’s short stories live in Spokane, Ore., but they are often under water, or nearly so. Spokane, as Walter makes clear, bears little relationship to Portland or Seattle, the Pacific Northwest’s name-brand cities. There are no locavores here, and the one potential latte drinker is stuck in Spokane doing his court-mandated community service and prefers scotch, anyway. Walter (Beautiful Ruins) writes—beautifully—about hard luck divorced dads, addicts, con artists, working men trying to keep things together, and a few zombies who’ve made the Seattle of the future look a lot like the Spokane of the present, which Walter describes as a place where, no matter how big your house is, “you’re never more than three blocks from a bad neighborhood.” Both “Anything Helps” and “Don’t Eat Cat” (rule #1 for zombies trying to hold down a job and an apartment) are included in 2012 best-of anthologies, but good as they are, the star is the title story, a heartbreaker set in a formerly seedy, now touristed part of Idaho. Darkly funny, sneakily sad, these stories are very, very good. You know the way Web sites recommend books by saying if you liked this, you’ll like that? The algorithm for this debut collection is straightforward: if you like to read, you’ll like this book. Agent: Warren Frazier, John Hawkins and Associates. (Feb. 12)

 
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