Walter, Jess. We Live in Water
Jess Walter's slim short story collection is filled with tales of broken people, such as drug addicts, runaways, prostitutes and con artists. The stories are often both tragic and comic, and Walter is such a master at developing multi-layered and complex characters that you will empathize even with those whom you might normally despise. Walter is the author of the highly acclaimed 2012 novel Beautiful Ruins and several other award-winning novels. This is his first collection of short fiction. Jess Walter is greatly skilled at capturing on the page, with humor and insight, all of contemporary life's unpleasantness. I recommend that you read at least one of his many wonderful works.