This powerful collection of stories, set in the mid-West among the lonely men and women who drink, fish and play cards to ease the passing of time, was the first by Raymond Carver to be published in the UK. With its spare, colloquial narration and razor-sharp sense of how people really communicate, the collection was to become one of the most influential literary works of the 1980s.
The master craftsman of the modern American short story
One of America's most original, truest voices
One of the most celebrated American short-story writers of the 20th century
A remarkable collection
I remember being floored by the first Raymond Carver collection I read: What We Talk About When We Talk About Love
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