Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Watered Down

I've read great reviews of Jess Walter's novel Beautiful Ruins, so I thought I would get a feel for his writing in his new short story collection We Live in Water.  The stories are quick and punchy, gritty and dark.  In "Anything Helps," a father makes a cardboard sign for donations to get enough money to buy his son the newest Harry Potter book, but his son who he hardly gets to see already read the book at camp.  In "Thief," a father discovers that one of his kids is stealing from the family vacation money jar.  He stakes himself out in the closet with two beers to figure out who it is. 

There was nothing for me to really grab on to with these stories - they were enjoyable and edgy, but not ones that I will remember. 

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