A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories


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"Stories from a lost American classic "in the same arena as Alice Munro" (Lydia Davis) "In the field of short fiction, Lucia Berlin is one of America's best kept secrets. That's it. Flat out. No mitigating conditions." --Paul Metcalf A Manual for Cleaning Women compiles the best work of the legendary short-story writer Lucia Berlin. With her trademark blend of humor and melancholy, Berlin crafts miracles from the everyday--uncovering moments of grace in the cafeterias and Laundromats of the American Southwest, in the homes ...

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Jim G

Jan 21, 2016


As a long-time lover of modern American literature I have been thrilled to discover Lucia Berlin's writing. I am reading this book at the moment and am in a hurry to finish so that I can pass it on to my daughter but I keep stopping to breath properly again, such is the effect she causes. Lucia Berlin's life infuses much if not all of the stories so that it is like reading the autobiography of a multitude of American women; the joys, travails, despairs, delights and wonders, however, are those of us all at one time or another if we are lucky. Such a great book.

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