What We Talk About When We Talk About Love – a Tiny Book Review

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love is a short story collection written by Raymond Carver. It consists of 17 stories ranging from 3 to 15 pages long. It was first published in 1981.


Even thought there are different stories, they all seem to revolve around the everyday life of families: more accurately it tells the stories from the perspective of mostly married men or women, and mostly in a bad marriages. Several of the stories have very abruptly endings, which leaves you both confused and wanting to know more. Other times the stories have a somewhat perfect length, giving just enough information for you to understand what the story was about.

I’m not used to reading short stories this short! But I like some of these quite a lot, it’s like taking a sneak peek into the lives of everyday people in the past – although hopefully they weren’t all this miserable with their lives. Carver was born and lived in Oregon, where Jesse also was born and still lives, which was a fun bonus to discover – some of the stories mention specific places on the west coast that I recognize.

Reading challenge: One point: A book you bought on a trip.



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