By Don Waters
Set in bars, mortuaries, nursing houses, truck stops, and the “poverty resorts that encircled downtown’s on line casino corridor,” Waters’s ten tales are packed with misfit transients like Julian, a crematorium employee who decorates deserted urns to create a “lush underground island,” and the moment Mormon missionary Eli, a hapless divorcé who “always likes humans greater whilst they’re a bit broken.” Limo drivers, ultra-marathoners, vagabonds, and a distraught novelist-to-be populate the pages of those gritty stories.
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