Raymond Carver was not known as a flash fiction writer although several of his stories in the break through collection, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love were flash fiction short. What Carver was known for and will forever be identified with is “Minimalism,” a term he came to feel ambivalent about.
For me, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love proved that in writing a very short story less could be more. It wasn’t that minimalism left things out. It was that minimalism compressed everything into a smaller space. Nothing was lost in a Carver story; but much was implied.
Raymond Carver may not have been the father of flash fiction but minimalism showed beyond doubt that less could be more.