Raymond Carver

Yakima & Port Angeles, WASHINGTON

  • Photo of rusty mailbox
    The address of Carver’s childhood home. “The Hole,” it seems, has stanched the tide of every real estate boom to come its way since Raymond Carver was a boy. — Yakima, Washington

    “I’d like to have nice clothes all the time. I’d like to be able to buy the kids nice clothes everytime they need it without having to wait.…I’d like to stop moving around every year, or every other year. Most of all, I’d like us both just to live a good honest life without having to worry about money and bills and things like that.”
    Raymond Carver
    “The Student’s Wife”
    Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?, 1976
  • Photo of trailer lot, site of the Carver family home.
    Living on a staple of bitterness. This lot, site of the Carver family home, has been split into two lots wide enough for trailers. — Yakima, Washington
  • Photo of Traylor’s — Port Angeles, Washington
    From short orders to short stories. Establishments like Traylor’s preserve settings that seem typical of Carver’s short stories from decades ago. Diners were familiar territory for the author, whose mother worked in several of them when he was younger. — Port Angeles, Washington
  • Photo of Cornerhouse Restaurant — Port Angeles, Washington
    Exterior of the Cornerhouse Restaurant. A Port Angeles map annotated by Carver’s wife, Tess Gallagher, says this is “Where Ray and Tess ate.” — Port Angeles, Washington
  • Photo of Port Angeles, Washington
    The map of Raymond Carver’s Port Angeles haunts notes that “Ray kept boat here.” The marina’s glittering waters are sheltered from the Strait of Juan de Fuca by the Ediz Hook; a slender spit of land that arcs eastward like one half of a wishbone.— Port Angeles, Washington
  • Photo of Port Angeles, Washington
    A gray mood. On a day like the one on which this photograph was taken, mist obscures the Canadian border across the Strait. Many of Carver’s stories seem to take place under similar skies, also reminiscent of the smoke from numerous cigarettes. — Port Angeles, Washington

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Appendix :: Literary Destinations

Raymond Carver


A Journey Through Literary America




Explore the fascinating stories of 26 great American authors with images of the places that inspired them to write. It’s the perfect gift for book lovers. With over 140 photographs throughout, the images add mood and dimension to the writing – and they are often shockingly close to what the featured authors described in their own words. Lushly illustrated, and beautifully designed, the book is as much of a pleasure to look at as it is to read.

This is a volume for the literary enthusiast, the armchair traveler or the intrepid reader. It is a handsome and beautifully illustrated companion for those who seek to learn more about authors they have read and those who wish to discover new writers.

Philip Roth
E. Annie Proulx