A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories

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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 …

9 people found this helpful.
 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.

A genuine "must-read"!

One person found this helpful.
 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.

Manual for life

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

Five Stars

 on 27 May 2017
By Margaret Martin
Thoroughly enjoyed this book.

Very enjoyable stories.

 on 31 July 2017
By Kaywire
Brilliant stories.

Funny book! I loved the humour

 on 27 April 2017
By Geoff Dickson
Funny book ! I loved the humour ,

I’ll think about short stories in a different light now, thanks to this book

 on 10 April 2017
By sparky
An amazing collection.

Short stories for readers who don’t like short stories.

26 people found this helpful.
 on 17 October 2015
By SueKich
I don’t really care for short stories. No sooner do you get into the story then it’s finished or care about a character than they’ve vanished. But this collection is quite, quite different.

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