With his first collection of stories, Raymond Carver breathed new life into the American short story. Here, Carver shows us the humor and tragedy that dwell in the hearts of ordinary people; his stories are classics of our time.
"The whole collection is a knockout. Few writers can match Raymond Carver's entwining style and language."--Dallas Morning News
"Carver's remarkable talent for short fiction proves itself in the movement of his stories from beginning to end...His tight laconic stories illuminate a kind of life that sophisticated fiction seldom deals with without condescension or sentimentality."--New York Review of Books
"They're Not Your Husband"
"Are You A Doctor?"
"Nobody Said Anything"
"What's in Alaska?"
"What Do You Do in San Francisco?"
"The Student's Wife"
"Put Yourself in My Shoes"
"Jerry and Molly and Sam"
"How About This?"
"Bicycles, Muscles, Cigarettes"
"What Is It?"
"Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?"
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.