We Live in Water

Stories
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (4.87 hours)
Product Number: Z100041965
Released: Feb 12, 2013
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780062239914
Publisher: HarperAudio
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Description

From New York Times bestselling author, 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 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.

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Author(s): Jess Walter
Awards:2014-Short StoriesCollections-Finalist-Audies
Original Publish Date: Feb 12, 2013

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Author(s): Jess Walter
Product Number EB00240141
Released: Mar 21, 2014
Business Term: 26 Circ
Publisher: Harper Perennial
ISBN: #9780062099204

Professional reviews

"The 13 stories in this collection are mostly set in the Pacific Northwest. All are told by men who are down on their luck. Many of them have served in the military, all have broken relationships, and most are struggling to connect with their sons. By creating distinct voices for the protagonists and matching his tone and pacing to each plotline, narrator Edoardo Ballerini preserves the stories' individuality. At the same time, he emphasizes their themes by coloring his performance with pain and desperation, defeatism or frantic hope. Ballerini's sensitivity and respect help listeners connect with the characters. Author Jess Walter reads the last piece, which reveals the inspiration for the stories. C.B.L. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"

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