Crisp and brilliant short stories by Raymond Carver. What remains unsaid brims below the surface, creating tensions and setting the mood. The title comes from the final story, where a man finds that his perfect marriage is marred by his wife’s infidelity one night four years ago. The book is jammed full of other great stories, one a letter written by a mother describing her violent son who became governor and who was now looking for her; one a couple who fled San Francisco as seen and narrated by their mail carrier. Too many good stories to capture in summary.
Good writing, and my attention deficit disorder is assuaged by the shortness and compactness and perfection of the stories.