Carver is where I go for stories of the working class.
The subject matter might be hard-edged, but it's also full of a human tenderness that leaves me a few moments where I'm unable to move on to anything else.
This is an essential read in realist short fiction. Fans of Mary Miller or Barry Hannah will like this.
Where I'm Calling From: Selected Stories by Raymond Carver (Vintage) Recommended by Dottie at Square Books Oxford MS.