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We Live in Water by Jess Walter
  

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This book of short stories by a bestselling American novelist offers a sharp view in poised prose of contemporary American family life. Many of Walter’s characters are unpleasant, embroiled in the seedier pursuits of life yet still he manages to depict a warmth and humanity in their often fractured, dark and depressing lives. Rich, deep and very far from a clichéd view of American life that’s all glossy lawns and picket fences.

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We Live in Water by Jess Walter

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. 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. A ridiculously talented writer . (The New York Times). One of my favourite young American writers . (Nick Hornby). Darkly funny, sneakily sad, these stories are very, very good . (Publisher's Weekly). A witty and sobering snapshot of recession-era America . (Kirkus). Jess Walter is the author of six novels, including The Financial Lives of the Poets, published by Penguin. Beautiful Ruins was a number one New York Times bestseller. We Live in Water is his first collection of short fiction. Jess Walter lives in Spokane, Washington with his family. He is currently writing for Radio 4.

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About the Author

Jess Walter is the author of six novels, including The Financial Lives of the Poets, published by Penguin. Beautiful Ruins was a number one New York Times bestseller. We Live in Water is his first collection of short fiction. Jess Walter lives in Spokane, Washington with his family. He is currently writing for Radio 4.

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Publication date

3rd July 2014

Author

Jess Walter

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Author's Website

www.jesswalter.com/

Publisher

Viking an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
192 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780241003855

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