This is a collection of short stories. I picked it up today and started reading it, and realized I'd read it before. Not to worry. Carver is worth reading many times over. The first story is "Fat." It takes place in a restaurant, a waitress serves a very fat man who eats a great deal. The second story is "Neighbors," in which a couple cares for their neighbors' apartment and cat while they are away. In both of these stories there are strange, seemingly unrelated changes that take place in the protagonists as they handle these mundane events. There are twenty more, and I look forward to every one.