Title: What We Talk About When We Talk About Love
Rating: 4 Stars
This is a set of Raymond Carver short stories.
In my GoodReads review, I said that this is what Edward Hopper would write if he wasn’t a painter.
Those words came to my mind for many of the stories. We’re in a modern age where people are fundamentally disconnected from each other living in a rootless manner. Even so, people still have a need to connect but no longer know how to. This leads to awkward conversations in awkward situations.
The style is spare to the point of sparseness. To me, that lends each story a certain desolateness. Reading them, it seems like all the stories, even the ones that specifically take place in Los Angeles, take place in some windy, barren desert.
The stories are all just moments in time, carefully etched onto the head of a pin.