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.
'These stories have both zip and heart, muscle and soul.' Washington Post
'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—We Live In Water - Stories

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