• "Carver is a master; his stories are word perfect. His sentences stalk out meaning, following a trail of clues with patient care and painful anticipation. Fires [is] an indispensable volume and provides further proof of Carver's stature as a major American writer"

    New Statesman
  • "These stories are perfect in pitch and tone. However harrowing their subject, or broken their characters, all of them revive one's faith in the redemptive power of straight story-telling"

    Bruce Chatwin
  • "Carver's poetry is non-metrical, free as prose... It works well and reads beautifully"