Day: February 5, 2013

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver

Servings of Zero Endings – What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love is a collection of seventeen short stories that deal with middle-class people facing their own truths, coping with their respective losses, and watching love come in and go out of their lives. These people are the people that one is most likely to run into across the road, at the barber shop, bakery, hospital, any ordinary place. They may be doing the most mundane things that one could ever think of, but in this book, they are masterfully celebrated as the forces that propel this life. I first heard of Raymond Carver from a local writer who used to host literary contests at her blog. She commented on the Carver-esque entries of one dutiful participant, saying that he should try working on endings that sound more like his instead of Carver’s. A sort of envy settled in me; to be compared to a great writer is most flattering and deeply humbling. I made a mental note to explore him to find out what makes up a …