Carol Sklenicka’s fascinating biography of Raymond Carver follows the author the Times of London described as, “The Chekhov of middle America,” from his childhood as the shy, overweight son of a hard-drinking lumber mill worker, to his struggle to become a writer and poet, to his eventual success as one of the greatest modern crafters of the American short story. Carefully researched, this unflinchingly honest book examines not only Carver’s talent as a writer, but his personality, his marriages, his struggle with alcoholism, and his final battle with cancer.
Carol Sklenicka, a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, has published short stories, essays, and a study of D. H. Lawrence. She lives with her husband, poet R.M. Ryan, near the Russian River in California.
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