By Elizabeth Morris
Published: October 14, 2012.
Everywhere there is water. Nearly all these stories explore basic human characteristics - poverty, puberty, loss, hope, aging, dementia, racism, gender identity, mischievousness, love - with the ocean or a river or a pond or a beach as background.
You won't like all the characters, but you'll love some, tolerate a few, and be intrigued by all.