Synopses & Reviews
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.
"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
"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
In his second collection, including the iconic and much-referenced title story featured in the Academy Award-winning film Birdman, Carver establishes his reputation as one of the most celebrated short-story writers in American literature a haunting meditation on love, loss, and companionship, and finding one s way through the dark."
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?
Mr. Coffee and Mr. Fixit
I Could See the Smallest Things
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
Everything Stuck to Him
What We Talk About When We Talk About Love
One More Thing