We Live in Water


Walter, Jess

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
We Live in Water
We Live in Water, the first collection of short fiction from New York Times bestselling author Jess Walter, is a suite of diverse, often comic stories about personal struggle and diminished dreams, all of them marked by the wry wit and generosity of spirit that has made him one of our 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. And the collection's final story transforms slyly from a portrait of Walter's hometown into a moving contemplation of our times.

Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061926624
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Characteristics: 177 p. ; 21 cm


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Reading his short stories--a diverse lot, but with a strong dose of the down and almost out--it's easy to envision that you're meeting the people who stream by Walter's house. The tweakers, the cons, the people always two dollars short--they're all there, and in this book they're all here... Read More »

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Oct 22, 2013
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

One of the better, more engaging and nuanced collections of short stories I've read in the past year. "Don't Eat Cat" puts a new spin on the zombie story and "The New Frontier" is both funny and touching. Read this instead of the vastly overrated "10th of December."

Apr 16, 2013
  • plataloco rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

These stories were entertaining and insightful. They are told largely from the viewpoint of men down on their luck but trying to survive. The dialogue between the characters is entertaining and funny but also realistic. I love the last narrative, which is not really a story but more of a testament about finally embracing where you come from.

Mar 14, 2013
  • dontbugmeimreading rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I am not a lover of short stories, but I read this as a challenge to read something out of my comfort zone. Since I had already read and enjoyed The Beautiful Ruins, I thought this would be a good choice. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I liked every story in the book, especially the first one about the homeless man, and could easily have read more. The book is quite a skinny little thing and could be read in a day by someone with a will to do so.


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Jul 22, 2013
  • parker00 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"I've figured out how to fix the American education system. End it at sixth grade. Lock them up in empty factories, give them all the Red Bull, condoms, and nachos they want, pipe in club music, and check back when they're twenty-five. Anyone still alive, we send to grad school."


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