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In his second collection of stories, as in his first, Carver's characters are peripheral people — people without education, insight or prospects, people too unimaginative to even give up. Carver celebrates these men and women.

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"Carver's America is helpless, clouded by pain and the loss of dreams....It is a place of survivors and a place of stories." New York Times Book Review

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"Splendid....The collection as a whole, unlike most, begins to grow and resonate in a wonderful cumulative effect." Tim O'Brien, Chicago Tribune Book World

About the Author

Raymond Carver was born in Clatskanie, Oregon, in 1938. His first collection of stories, Will You Please Be Quiet, Please (a National Book Award nominee in 1977), was followed by What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, Cathedral (nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 1984), and Where I'm Calling From in 1988, when he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He died in August of that year, shortly after completing the poems of A New Path to the Waterfall.

Table of Contents

Why Don't You Dance?

Viewfinder

Mr. Coffee and Mr. Fixit

Gazebo

I Could See the Smallest Things

Sacks

The Bath

Tell the Women We're Going

After the Demin

So Much Water So Close to Home

The Third Thing That Killed My Father Off

A Serious Talk

The Calm

Popular Mechanics

Everything Stuck to Him

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love

One More Thing

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Catherine Chandler, August 26, 2013 (view all comments by Catherine Chandler)
I wanted to like these stories. I wanted this book to tell me something about communication, and love, and relationships. And, maybe it does, but mostly it seems to just tell stories about addiction, deception, and people who just generally fail at being good human beings. Life is suffering, but it is also joy. The stories within this collection depict the struggles...and seemingly, only the struggles. Honestly, after reading 3-4 stories, I just had to put it down.
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Stacy Green, October 14, 2009 (view all comments by Stacy Green)
Carver never underestimates his readers, taking them along to witness first-hand the dark downward trajectory of a life. His ambiguous endings allow us to cast our own shadows onto these narratives, leaving us to wonder not only about the character of his protagonists, but about our own as well.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679723059
Subtitle:
Stories
Author:
Carver, Raymond
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Short stories
Subject:
Short stories, American
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one auth
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Vintage Books ed.
Edition Description:
1489342
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries
Series Volume:
C-598
Publication Date:
19890631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8 x 5.16 x 0.49 in 0.4 lb

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