• A Manual for Cleaning Women Selected Stories
  • A Manual for Cleaning Women Selected Stories
  • A Manual for Cleaning Women Selected Stories
  • A Manual for Cleaning Women Selected Stories
  • The Poetry Center — Lucia Berlin’s ‘A Manual for Cleaning Women’
  • The Poetry Center — Lucia Berlin’s ‘A Manual for Cleaning Women’
  • JUDY (Sci-Fi Short Film)
  • MANUAL PARA MUJERES DE LA LIMPIEZA
  • Manual para mujeres de la limpieza de Lucia Berlin
  • Episode 30: Marvel and a Wonder by Joe Meno and A Manual For Cleaning Women by Lucia Berline
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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

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1368 KB
  • Print Length: 433 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; First edition (8 Oct. 2015)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00UXKJ1SO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

but out of it came writing that is raw and beautiful; writing to cherish as a reader and to …

 on 22 October 2015
By David Mathews
As I finished a story I did not want to move to the next. Mostly I simply had to read it again, sometimes twice. Lucia Berlin had a tough, tough life, but out of it came writing that is raw and beautiful; writing to cherish as a reader and to aspire to as a writer.

The writing is lucid yet colourful – she does not waste words. The people are all too real

 on 1 June 2016
By A Watts
Every once in a while you encounter a book that touches something deeper.

I had never heard of Lucia Berlin and really enjoyed her semi autobiographical stories

 on 30 November 2017
By Mcminders
I had never heard of Lucia Berlin and really enjoyed her semi autobiographical stories. Probably best to read this book when life is going well as they are dark but authentic and brutally honest. Some stories are harrowing but her writing is not self indulgent or a misery memoir,considering the difficult life she led it would not seem unreasonable for her to have a bit of a wallow.

Brilliant Writing

 on 9 October 2017
By PixelTronic
The prose is extraordinary; words wriggle and writhe on the page – there is not a tepid sentence in there. Berlin had a rough life: at one point she was downing a bottle of Bourbon before breakfast. The stories offer a window on to bizarre, sad, funny, surreal and invariably uncomfortable episodes in her life. There is a chapter about teeth – or removal of – which I skipped due to squeamishness but otherwise I thought this was a fantastic book.

A genuine "must-read"!

 on 12 May 2017
By Peter S. Leuner
Absolutely brilliant collection of short stories that stay in your memory; recurring characters vividly written getting through life (and sometimes death) with joy, resilience or fatalism – sometimes all three. A hidden gem that deserves to be read and talked about much more widely.

Exquisite

 on 19 February 2017
By Love Books
Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant! Oh how I love this book of short stories. I can’t believe I’ve gone so long without hearing of it or reading it. Beautiful, beautiful writing, exquisite descriptions and heartbreakingly moving. The horror and intensity of family life, of being a woman, of alcoholism and of true, deep love all within one beautiful book.

Genius

 on 12 April 2018
By drjonty
Lucia Berlin is a short story writer to rank alongside the finest in the world. What’s more in this collection something like a novel emerges, certainly a memoir. There’s such a depth of humanity here. It makes you want to be a better person.

Manual for life

 on 11 June 2017
By Autumn Copper
I have never read a book like this and didn’t want it to end.

the book caught my eye but never sounded like a book I would buy

 on 24 November 2017
By raniastar
the book caught my eye but never sounded like a book I would buy.I bought it on kindle for a trip and I was blown away.I did not want the stories to end.i felt I was there or at least nearby watching the lives Lucia writes about.Fabulous
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