A Manual for Cleaning Women


by Lucia Berlin

The best work of the legendary short-story writer Lucia Berlin.

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One of The New York Times Book Review’s Ten Best Books of 2015

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, uncovering moments of grace in the Laundromats and halfway houses of the American Southwest, in the homes of the Bay Area upper class, among switchboard operators and struggling mothers, hitchhikers and bad Christians.

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.

“Perhaps, with the present collection, Lucia Berlin will begin to gain the attention she deserves.” -Lydia Davis

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Length: 403 pages
Dimensions: 208x136x25 mm


Fiction, Contemporary, Literary Fiction, Short Stories


August 2, 2016 by Picador


California Book Award for Fiction (Gold) (2015),
本屋大賞 Nominee for Translated Fiction (2020),
Kirkus Prize Nominee for Fiction (Finalist) (2015),
Premi Llibreter de narrativa for Altres literatures (2016)