We Live in Water

by Jess Walter

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We Live in Water Synopsis

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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ISBN: 9780241003855
Publication date: 03/07/2014
Publisher: Viking an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780241003855
Publication date: 3rd July 2014
Author: Jess Walter
Publisher: Viking an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 192 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Jess Walter

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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