First Sentence: In the kitchen, he poured another drink and looked at the bedroom suite in his front yard.
Back of the book:
This powerful collection of stories, set in the mid-West among the lonely men and women who drink, fish and play cards to ease the passing of time, was the first by Raymond Carver to be published in the UK. With its spare, colloquial narration and razor-sharp sense of how people really communicate, the collection was to become one of the most influential literary works of the 1980s.
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Last Sentence: After a time, she quit trying.
(From Why Don’t You Dance?)