We Live in Water

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We Live in Water


By Jess Walter

Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780061926624, 192pp.

Publication Date: February 12, 2013


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.