Jess Walter's short stories, many of which originally appeared in publications like Harper's, McSweeney's and Playboy, have now been collected in a single volume for the first time. Walter, whose novels include CITIZEN VINCE and the National Book Award-winning THE ZERO, displays the same kind of fearless, unflinching prose in these short stories.
Walter's stories are populated with the kind of people who are largely invisible in life, let alone in fiction. These are people at the end of their rope, people whose histories have left them unable to trust others, who see hope slipping away. In "