“I don’t know anyone that’s read this book, maybe I don’t even know anyone that’s read Carver before. It’s hard to judge whether or not someone else would like Carver’s work- I can certainly see the style turning some people off.
Simplistic, no-frills writing. In the first few sentences of the very first story, I found myself thinking that perhaps it was a bit too simple. That feeling lasts for about one paragraph. These are simple stories, about simple lives being anything but simple. I can’t even get my head around how big some of the moments are. The title story, for example, warrants two or even three readings to get it all in you. A book I’ll be thinking about for a long time.
The short stories in this collection are so stunningly direct, written in a manner that speaks right to your heart. We’ve all been in these places. Probably not something you want to read when you’re sad, but not exactly a day-at-the-beach kind of book either. I thought curled up in front of my fire was perfect for this one. ”