When I was taking writing workshops and classes back in the nineties, Carver was the gold metal standard for short stories. I doubt he is now. White, male, alcoholic writers are not held in such high esteem. And Carver's trajectory has been complicated by the knowledge that his editor, Gordon Lish, edited with a very heavy pencil. Are we reading Carver or Lish? I am very far from an authority on this but it's interesting. Lish favored minimal story telling. Whole characters and plot lines disappeared when he got hold of them. Carver was evolving into a different sort of writer although he trembled with fear of Lish's disapproval well into his career.
This story was first published in the UCSB literary journal when he was teaching there. The student that secured it was awestruck at her luck in persuading Carver to give her something to publish.
Anyway, "So Much Water, So Far From Home" is the story of a group of men on a fishing trip that find the nude dead body of a girl and do nothing about it for the two days of their trip, reasoning she is dead and what good will ruining their trip do her.
When Stuart's wife hears the story she is appalled and it quickly sabotages what was a shaky marriage anyway. Stuart's lack of action and then lack of remorse disgusts her. Various other issues in their marital history arise and there is always the undercurrent of violence. Stuart is constantly warning her about "riling him up." This is a very complex story in many ways. It is available online and it is part of the movie by Robert Altman (Short Cuts) and also the Australian movie JINDABYNE.