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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

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.

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 ,

America’s finest.

 on 16 October 2017
By Mansion Polish
One of the best collections of short stories I have read in years. Have bought this book three times over.

Five Stars

 on 15 August 2017
By celeste concannon
Excellent, haunting, thought provoking – very stark and honest. Loved it.

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

 on 10 April 2017
By sparky
An amazing collection.

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

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 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.
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