This book contains the nine stories and one poem on which Robert Altman has based his film Short Cuts.
'I look at all of Carver's work as just one story, for his stories are all occurences, all about things that just happen to people and cause their lives to take a turn... In formulating the mosaic of the film Short Cuts, which is based on these nine stories and a poem, 'Lemonade', I've tried to do the same thing- to give the audience one look... But it all began here. I was a reader turning these pages. Trying on these lives' - Robert Altman in his introduction.
“Raymond Carver's stories can be counted amongst the masterpieces of American fiction”
New York Times
“The stories overflow with danger, excitement, mystery and the possibility of life... His eye is so clear it almost breaks your heart”
“One of America's most original, truest voices”