New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
xxiv, 403 pages ; 22 cm
Formatted Contents Note
Angel's laundromat Dr. H.A. Moynihan Stars and saints A manual for cleaning women My jockey El Tim Point of view Her first detox Phantom pain Tiger bites Emergency room notebook, 1977 Temps perdu Carpe diem Toda luna, todo año Good and bad Melina Friends Unmanageable Electric car, El Paso Sex appeal Teenage punk Step Strays Grief Bluebonnets La vie en rose Macadam Dear Conchi Fool to cry Mourning Panteón de Dolores So long A love affair Let me see you smile Mama Carmen Silence Mijito 502 Here it is Saturday B.F. and me Wait a minute Homing.
"Stories from a lost American classic "in the same arena as Alice Munro" (Lydia Davis) "In the field of short fiction, Lucia Berlin is one of America's best kept secrets. That's it. Flat out. No mitigating conditions." --Paul Metcalf A Manual for Cleaning Women compiles the best work of the legendary short-story writer Lucia Berlin. With her trademark blend of humor and melancholy, Berlin crafts miracles from the everyday--uncovering moments of grace in the cafeterias and Laundromats of the American Southwest, in the homes of the Northern California upper classes, and from the perspective of a cleaning woman alone in a hotel dining room in Mexico City. The women of Berlin's stories are lost, but they are also strong, clever, and extraordinarily real. They are hitchhikers, hard workers, bad Christians. With the wit of Lorrie Moore and the grit of Raymond Carver, they navigate a world of jockeys, doctors, and switchboard operators. They laugh, they mourn, they drink. Berlin, a highly influential writer despite having published little in her lifetime, conjures these women from California, Mexico, and beyond. Lovers of the short story will not want to miss this remarkable collection from a master of the form"-- Provided by publisher.
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