Featured in the Academy Award-winning (Best Picture) film Birdman starring Michael Keaton
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.
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
About Raymond Carver
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.
"Carver's fiction is so spare in manner that it takes a time before one realizes how completely a whole culture and a whole moral condition is represented by even the most seemingly slight sketch. This second volume of stories is clearly the work of a full-grown master." —Frank Kermode
"Raymond Carver's America is...clouded by pain and the loss of dreams, but it is not as fragile as it looks. It is a place of survivors and a place of stories.... [Carver] has done what many of the most gifted writers fail to do: He has invented a country of his own, like no other except that very world, as Wordsworth said, which is the world to all of us." —Michael Wood, front page, The 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
"Carver not only enchants, he convinces." —J.D. Reed, Time
What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver