Short cuts: selected stories, Volume 1

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Vintage Books, 1993 - Fiction - 157 pages
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While helicopters overhead spray against a Medfly infestation, a group of peoples' lives in Los Angeles intersect, some casually, some to more lasting effect. While they go out to concerts and jazz clubs and even have their pools cleaned, these same folks also lie, drink, and cheat. Death itself seems never to be far away. A look at human life and American culture with over 20 lives interweaving.

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User Review  - Sarah - Goodreads

I don't know what life was before Carver. Seriously. He takes every day, small human interactions and play them out in such a rich, varied, complicated, disastrous, painful and intense way. Plus it's all written in such a simple and concise style. Amazing. Read full review

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This collection just didn't grab me the way that Carver's "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love" did. When browsing Netflix, I saw a description of the film that this book became and was ... Read full review

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About the author (1993)

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.