We Live In Water: Stories by Jess WalterWe Live In Water: Stories by Jess Walter

We Live In Water: Stories

byJess Walter

Paperback | February 12, 2013

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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. 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.

Jess Walter is the author of six novels, including the bestsellersBeautiful RuinsandThe Financial Lives of the Poets, the National Book Award finalistThe Zero, andCitizen Vince, the winner of the Edgar Award for best novel. His short fiction has appeared inHarper's,McSweeney's, andPlayboy, as well asThe Best American Short StoriesandTh...
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Title:We Live In Water: StoriesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.43 inPublished:February 12, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061926620

ISBN - 13:9780061926624

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It My favourite kind of short stories, filled with humour and sharp insights.
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Blown away. OK. This one rocked out loud. Every Northwesterner needs to read it.
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“Vintage Walter…quirky. And fun.”