Raymond Carver collections are all worth-it reads but especially:
What we Talk About When we Talk about Love
Cathedral and Will You Please be Quiet, Please?
(a good little fansite and includes a story from Where I'm Calling from. Very short and very Carver at his minimalistic-heights.)
http://www.iwu.edu/~jplath/carver.html (excellent interviews here--highly recommend you check them out.)
And did you get what
you wanted from this life, even so?
And what did you want?
To call myself beloved, to feel myself
beloved on the earth.