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The New York Times bestseller 'This selection of 43 stories should by all
rights see Lucia Berlin as lauded as Jean Rhys or Raymond Carver'
Independent The stories in A Manual for Cleaning Women make for one of the
most remarkable unsung collections in twentieth-century American fiction.
With extraordinary honesty and magnetism, Lucia Berlin invites us into her
rich, itinerant life: the drink and the mess and the pain and the beauty
and the moments of surprise and of grace. Her voice is uniquely witty,
anarchic and compassionate. Celebrated for many years by those in the know,
she is about to become - a decade after her death - the writer everyone is
talking about. The collection will be introduced by Lydia Davis. 'With
Lucia Berlin we are very far away from the parlours of Boston and New York
and quite far away, too, from the fiction of manners, unless we are
speaking of very bad manners . . . The writer Lucia Berlin most puts me in
mind of is the late Richard Yates.' LRB, 1999

Lucia Berlin, Lydia Davis—A Manual For Cleaning Women - Selected Stories

  • 9781447294894
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