What We Talk about When We Talk about Love

What We Talk about When We Talk about Love

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by Raymond Carver
     
 

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In his second collection, including the iconic and much-referenced title story featured in the Academy Award-winning film Birdman, Carver establishes his reputation as one of the most celebrated short-story writers in American literature—a haunting meditation on love, loss, and companionship, and finding one’s way through the dark.

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In his second collection, including the iconic and much-referenced title story featured in the Academy Award-winning film Birdman, Carver establishes his reputation as one of the most celebrated short-story writers in American literature—a haunting meditation on love, loss, and companionship, and finding one’s way through the dark.

Editorial Reviews

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"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

Tim O'Brien
"Splendid...The collection as a whole, unlike most, begins to grow and resonate in a wonderful cumulative effect." -- Chicago Tribune Book World
Robert Powers
"One of the true contemporary masters." -- New York Review of Books

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679723059
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/28/1989
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
45,469
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.44(d)

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Stanley Elkin
"I'm nuts about Raymond Carver's new stories. They're real as discount stores, time clocks, the franchisus in small towns, that marriage is. His rumpled men and ragged women will break your heart."

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