A Manual for Cleaning Women compiles the best work of the legendary short-story writer Lucia Berlin. With the grit of Raymond Carver, the humor of Grace Paley, and a blend of wit and melancholy all her own, Berlin crafts miracles from the everyday. Readers will revel in this remarkable collection from a master of the form and wonder how they'd ever overlooked her in the first place.
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by Shannon Revenel
by Clay Reynolds
by Allan Gurganus
by Bonnie Jo Campbell
by Shannon Ravenel
by Andrew Porter
by Yiyun Li
by Lucia Berlin
by Anna-Lucia Mackay
by Lydia Davis
"In her foreword to this collection, Davis writes, "Her sensitivity to the sounds of the language is always there, and we too savor the rhythms of the syllables or the perfect coincidence of sound and sense." While meant as a reflection on Lucia Berlin's writing, the words hold equally true for the narrators of this short story collection. They each (with a special nod to Carol Monda and Hillary Huber) slip easily inside the sidelined and marginalized characters who populate these semiautobiographical stories. Berlin's writing, both tempered and elastic, provides a perfect springboard, and the narrators use it to full advantage: gracefully leaping, twisting, and--when called for--landing with force on the emotional heart of each story. K.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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