Carver's mastery of minimalist writing is on display here in this quiet but profound short story collection. These stories don't just celebrate the mundane, they elevate it with quiet prose and unexpected humor. The first reaction by kids who have to read this in High School is that this is boring! And nothing happens! But we're all so much wiser than that now, right?
My favorites from this collection are “Gazebo” which shows the unraveling of a lazy, dysfunctional relationship; the odd yard sale and chance meeting in “Why Don't You Dance?” and the horror of men story “Tell the Women We're Going” which was included in Robert Altman's Carver tribute and Brix Pick Short Cuts.
Other stories will be familiar here as well if you've seen the film. These are simple stories, absent are grand plots and dazzling tricks.