Call If You Need Me by Raymond Carver
The Uncollected Fiction and Other Prose

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A literary event: Raymond Carver's complete uncollected fiction and nonfiction, including the recently discovered "last" stories, found a decade after Carver's death and published here in book form for the first time.

Call If You Need Me includes all of the prose previously collected in No Heroics, Please, four essays from Fires, and those five marvelous stories that range over the period of Carver's mature writing and give his devoted readers a final glimpse of the great writer at work. The pure pleasure of Carver's writing is everywhere in his work, here no less than in those stories that have alreadey entered the canon of modern literature.

About Raymond Carver

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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. Tess Gallagher is a renowned poet, short-story writer, and essayist. Her short stories have appeared in "Story, Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, Glimmer Train, " and the "Northwest Review, " among others. She was the recipient of a Lyndhurst Prize, and in 1998 received a Doctorate of Humane Letters from Whitman College, where she held the Edward F. Arnold Chair. She has taught more recently at the Stadler Poetry Center at Bucknell University. Her book of essays, "Soul Barnacles: Ten More Years with Ray, " will be published in the fall of 1999.
Published January 1, 2001 by San Val. 300 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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“Dreams”—the best of these five—ingeniously dramatizes the limits of our ability to enter imaginatively into others’ lives, while echoing one of Carver’s most deservedly famous stories, “A Small, Good Thing.” By comparison, the five “Early Stories” are slack and melodramatic, the flat “Fragment o...

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The Guardian

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Publishers Weekly

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Carver's many fans will initially be attracted to this collection by the new stories, but they won't be disappointed by the remainder of the book, which includes five early stories, a fragment from a novel and assorted nonfiction pieces--book reviews, essays and brief meditations--the most intere...

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Entertainment Weekly

Thus, in ''The Women of This World,'' one of the 11 stories in Perfect Recall, a woman's neurosis about her food processor gives way to anxiety about the ''passive-aggressive'' behavior of her stepfather-in-law during pre-Thanksgiving dinner — all of which dissolves when, having left the hous...

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London Review of Books

As for the minor pieces, they have been collected as a sort of tribute to the great man, the kind of thing it is seemly to do on the understanding that it is not really that these bits and pieces matter in themselves: what matters is the fact that they were written by the hand that wrote the stor...

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Austin Chronicle

The editor may have chosen to omit poetry because he believes Carver's poems are not as worthy of attention as his stories, even though Carver says "I put a more intimate value finally on the poems than I do the stories."

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