Critically acclaimed author Jess Walter is perhaps the best-known novelist from Spokane. His recent book "Beautiful Ruins" is a New York Times bestseller. According to his website, he has been a finalist for the National Book Award and PEN/USA Literary prize. He has also won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best novel. His work has been recognized by publications such as Esquire, Kirkus Reviews, the Miami Herald, Time, the Washington Post and the Seattle Times.
In addition to "Beautiful Ruins," Walter has written seven other books. He recently published his first short story collection "We Live in Water." He has written several crime fiction books such as "The Financial Lives of the Poets" or "Over Tumbled Graves." He has also written a suspense thriller called "The Zero" and a non-fiction work called "Ruby Ridge: The Truth and Tragedy of the Randy Weaver Family."
"We Live in Water" is available locally at area bookstores and Spokane County Library District branches. The stories in the collection range from heartbreaking stories about poor and underprivileged people from Spokane to an absolutely hilarious story about zombie-like creatures working entry-level jobs in Seattle.
"Beautiful Ruins" deserves to be a success. The complex story features a huge cast of characters experiencing love and loss over a span of decades in locations ranging from a tiny village in Italy, to Seattle, to Sandpoint, Id.
Please view the list to learn more about these books and other great works by Walter.