When Raymond Carver published this final collection of stories in 1983, he was at the peak of his powers. Chronicling the lives of everyday people led astray by their yearning for love and security, the 12 tales in this Pulitzer Prize finalist include "Chef's House," "Where I'm Calling From," "Vitamins," and the powerful title story, in which a husband overcomes jealously to have a transcendent moment of understanding with his wife's blind friend.
"A dozen stories that overflow with the danger, excitement, mystery and possibility of life…. Carver is a writer of astonishing compassion and honesty…. His eye is so clear, it almost breaks your heart."—Washington Post