We Live in Water: Stories - Harper Perennial Olive Editions - Jess Walter - Books - HarperCollins - 9780063265103 - September 6, 2022
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We Live in Water: Stories - Harper Perennial Olive Editions

Jess Walter

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We Live in Water: Stories - Harper Perennial Olive Editions

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The first collection of short fiction from Jess Waltera 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

The New Frontier is a darkly comic, heartfelt collection of twelve storiespublished over the last five years in Harpers, The Best American Short Stories, McSweeneys, Playboy, and other publicationsthat veer from comic tales of love to social satire to suspenseful crime fiction, from hip Portland to once-hip Seattle to never-hip Spokane, from a condemned casino in Las Vegas to a bottomless lake in the dark woods of Idaho. This is a world of lost fathers and redemptive conmen, of meth tweakers on desperate odysseys and men committing suicide by fishing.

In Thief, an aluminum worker turns unlikely detective to solve the mystery of 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.

In Vegas we stay one step ahead of the wrecking ballSahara, Riviera, Imperial Palace, New FrontierGoin old strip, we call it, muses the narrator of the collections title story. I have this theory, that Las Vegas will be the only American city that future archaeologists will find...and these future archaeologists will recreate our entire culture based solely on this one shallow and cynical little shithole. And maybe theyll be right.

208 pages

Media Books     Paperback Book   (Book with soft cover and glued back)
Released September 6, 2022
ISBN13 9780063265103
Publishers HarperCollins
Pages 208
Dimensions 180 × 115 × 16 mm   ·   136 g
Language English  

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