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What it Used to Be Like: A Portrait of My Marriage to Raymond Carver.

Carver, Ray] Carver, Maryann Burk.

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ISBN 10: 0312332580 / ISBN 13: 9780312332587
Published by St Martin's Press, New York, 2006
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A Near Fine unread copy in a Near Fine bright unclipped dust jacket. Review promotional material laid-in. Maryann Burk Carver was writer Ray Carver's first wife and in this revealing and highly personal memoir she recounts the highs and low of their 25 year marriage which provided Ray not only the opportunity to develop his style but also accumulate much source material for his most poignant works. Bookseller Inventory # 23064

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Title: What it Used to Be Like: A Portrait of My ...

Publisher: St Martin's Press, New York

Publication Date: 2006

Edition: First Printing of the First Edition

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Maryann Burk Carver met Raymond Carver in 1955, when she was fifteen years old and he was seventeen. In What It Used to Be Like, she recounts a tale of love at first sight in which two teenagers got to know each other by sharing a two-year long-distance correspondence that soon after found them married and with two small children. Over the next twenty-five years, as Carver's fame grew, the family led a nomadic life, moving from school to school and teaching post to teaching post. In 1972, they settled in Cupertino, California, where Raymond Carver gave his wife one of his sharpened pencils and asked her to write an account of their history. The result is a memoir of a marriage, replete with an intimacy of detail that fully reveals the talents and failings of this larger-than-life man, his complicated relationships, and his profound loves and losses. What It Used to Be Like brings to light for the first time Raymond Carver's lost years and the "stories behind the stories" of this brilliant writer.

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MARYANN BURK CARVER is a teacher living on Lummi Island in Washington State.

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