Beginners (short story collection)

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First edition (publ. Jonathan Cape)

Beginners is the title given to the manuscript version of Raymond Carver's 1981 short story collection What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, published by Carver's widow Tess Gallagher in 2009.

The Stories[edit]

  • Why Don't You Dance?
  • Viewfinder
  • Where is Everyone?
  • Gazebo
  • Want to See Something?
  • The Fling
  • A Small, Good Thing
  • Tell the Women We're Going
  • If It Please You
  • So Much Water So Close to Home
  • Dummy
  • Pie
  • The Calm
  • Mine
  • Distance
  • Beginners
  • One More Thing


  • Carver, Raymond. Beginners. London: Chatto Bodley Head & Cape (2009)
  • Carver, Raymond. Collected Stories. New York: Library of America (2009).
  • Carver, Raymond. Beginners. New York: Vintage Contemporaries (2015)