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By the time of his early death in 1988, Raymond Carver had established himself as one of the great practitioners of the American short story, a writer who had not only found his own voice but imprinted it in the imaginations of thousands of readers. Where I’m Calling From, his last collection, encompasses classic stories from Cathedral, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, and earlier Carver volumes, along with seven new works previously unpublished in book form. Together, these 37 stories give us a superb overview of Carver’s life work and show us why he was so widely imitated but never equaled.
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This ample volume serves as the best introduction to what's happening in contemporary short fiction.Read Full Review of Where I'm Calling From: Selec... | See more reviews from Kirkus
These brief keyhole chats with gloom come about as close to a perfection of form as you can imagine--so convincing a mating of word, life, object, emotion and story length that you don't notice.Read Full Review of Where I'm Calling From: Selec... | See more reviews from LA Times
It is that irony mixed with humor that Carver uses that enables him to discuss such a morbid topic in an entertaining way.Read Full Review of Where I'm Calling From: Selec...
I was left all too often thinking yes and what happens next even while the image created hung in my head.Read Full Review of Where I'm Calling From: Selec...
These are not new stories—this collection was published in 1988—but the characters and situations they find themselves in are fresh, teeming with a rare sense of hyper-relevance that fiction so often fumbles.Read Full Review of Where I'm Calling From: Selec...
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