With this, his first collection of stories, Raymond Carver breathed new life into the American short story. Carver shows us the humor and tragedy that dwell in the hearts of ordinary people; his stories are the classics of our time.
"[Carver's stories] can ... be counted among the masterpieces of American Literature." --The New York Times Book Review
"One of the great short story writers of our time--of any time." --The Philadelhpia Inquirer
"The whole collection is a knock out. Few wriers can match Raymond Carver's entiwining style and language." --The Dallas Morning News
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 August 2, 1988, shortly after completing the poems of A New Path to the Waterfall.
Table of Contents
The Idea 12
They're Not Your Husband 16
Are You a Doctor? 23
The Father 31
Nobody Said Anything 33
Sixty Acres 47
What's in Alaska? 58
Night School 70
What Do You Do in San Francisco? 82
The Students Wife 90
Put Yourself in My Shoes 97
Jerry and Molly and Sam 111
Why, Honey? 123
The Ducks 128
How about This? 134
Bicycles, Muscles, Cigarettes 141
Are These Actual Miles? 150
Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? 164
What People are Saying About This
"Raymond Carver's stories have tremendous force, the power of a connecting left hook when the fist is filled with a roll of coins. Such an impact cannote be shakened off. Carver is extraordinary!"
"Raymond Carver's stories are extraordinary in their language, their music and their huge terrifying revision of ordinary human life in this country. He is among the best authentically American writers we now have."