We Live in Water Walter's recent best-seller, Beautiful Ruins — an elegant page-turner about the convergence of Old and New Hollywood — was the glamour novel of 2012, an… We Live in Water Walter's recent best-seller, Beautiful Ruins — an elegant page-turner about the convergence of Old and New Hollywood — was the glamour novel of 2012, an… 2013-02-12 Fiction HarperPerennial Library
Book Review

We Live in Water (2013)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Feb 12, 2013; Writer: Jess Walter; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: HarperPerennial Library

Walter's recent best-seller, Beautiful Ruins — an elegant page-turner about the convergence of Old and New Hollywood — was the glamour novel of 2012, an attractive accessory that fit nicely in name-brand beach bags. The characters who populate this collection of short stories, We Live in Water, come from a different demographic: They're largely the down-and-out regular guys who get hit hardest by tough economic times. But Walter isn't as concerned with unifying themes as he is with small, funny, sad moments, such as a tired working stiff discovering that one of his kids has been stealing from the family change jar, or a drug dealer getting duped into doing a good deed that very much goes punished. One story takes place in a zombie apocalypse — but even that one brims with humanity. A-
Originally posted Feb 06, 2013 Published in issue #1246 Feb 15, 2013 Order article reprints