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What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver
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Feb 10, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: short-stories
Read from March 01 to 09, 2012

"Shards" is how one reviewer put it in the cover blurb, meaning shards of existence of these men and women of mid-West America. I like that expression, shards. These characters all appear to be at the end of something unenviably dark in their lives, some implicitly so, others obviously bad. We come across them when that bad thing has already begun. Often we leave them before the final curtain.

They're told in a simple, vernacular style; there are no long words to falter over or long sentences to slow us down. Yet the simplicity may belie the craftsmanship, and the depressing, dysfunctional subjects might feel like dragging you down. But these really are clever and enjoyable shorts.

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