Read Half: Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? by Raymond Carver, some paperback edition.
Just couldn't get into it. All the stories are poor people who drink too much, are unemployed, and unhappy. There was one section of a story where I was real impressed with the writing. I did not get the dark hmor and many of the stories require some thought. I much prefer to have the theme of point of a story to be more clearly explained. I'm not that deep and not an English major.
This was a Book Club selection. I read about half of it though.