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A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories (2015)

by Lucia Berlin

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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 of the Northern California upper classes, and from the perspective of a cleaning woman alone in a hotel dining room in Mexico City. The women of Berlin's stories are lost, but they are also strong, clever, and extraordinarily real. They are hitchhikers, hard workers, bad Christians. With the wit of Lorrie Moore and the grit of Raymond Carver, they navigate a world of jockeys, doctors, and switchboard operators. They laugh, they mourn, they drink. Berlin, a highly influential writer despite having published little in her lifetime, conjures these women from California, Mexico, and beyond. Lovers of the short story will not want to miss this remarkable collection from a master of the form"--… (more)

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I loved these stories! Their auto-biographical nature took a little getting used to, but I enjoyed traveling through the Southwest and Mexico with Lucia Berlin once I got on her wavelength. Highly recommended! ( )
  nancyjean19 | Jun 3, 2020 |
"You always fuck things up?" ( )
  uncleflannery | May 16, 2020 |
Feia temps que el tenia pendent. Massa.
M’ha recordat en alguns moments a alguns dels contes del Raymond Carver.
És senzillament espectacular.

Llegiu-lo si en teniu ocasió. ( )
  acornet | Mar 22, 2020 |
Good, but real. You have to be in the mood to read this. ( )
  bookswithmom | Dec 18, 2019 |
A collection of short stories. Some are autobiographical and some appear
to be that but have different character names and some are total fiction. They were fascinating. Someone in a review said to first read “a note on Lucia Berlin”, then read the short story “Silence” and then the rest
Of the book. Fascinating stories, fascinating author. ( )
  readingfiend | Nov 24, 2019 |
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In “A Manual for Cleaning Women” we witness the emergence of an important American writer, one who was mostly overlooked in her time. Ms. Berlin’s stories make you marvel at the contingencies of our existence. She is the real deal. Her stories swoop low over towns and moods and minds.

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Lucia Berlinprimary authorall editionscalculated
Anweiler, JustineCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Davis, LydiaForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Emerson, StephenEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Simpson, JonathanCover photographsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Torrescasana, AlbertTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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