"What We Talk About When We Talk About Love" features two married couples having a conversation about love. Nick and Laura are newlyweds and have been together about a year and a half. Mel and Terri have been together five years and they've been married for four. The two couples' married lives are compared and contrasted subtly. Laura and Nick's marriage is shown as easy, joyful and uncomplicated. Mel and Terri's is loving, but also a lot messier. But whether happy or unhappy, no two marriages look alike, especially in a Raymond Carver story.
Questions About Marriage
Do you think Laura and Nick's marriage will stand the test of time? Mel and Terri's?
How does Mel's relationship with his ex-wife influence his ideas about love? How does it affect his marriage with Terri?