This month’s featured writer is Lucia Berlin. Her collection of short stories, A Manual For Cleaning Women, made several “Best of 2015” lists, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, and Publisher’s Weekly. This posthumously published volume (Berlin herself passed away in 2004) highlights some of her most intriguing and vibrant stories. They are sincere yet off-kilter, and paint a wry picture of desolate lives with dark humor.
For more information, read reviews of Lucia Berlin’s Manual for Cleaning Women:
Franklin, Ruth. “‘A Manual for Cleaning Women,’ by Lucia Berlin.” New York Times 12 Aug 2015. Web. 17 Feb. 2016.
Dockterman, Eliana. “Indispensable Stories From A Forgotten Voice.” Time 186.7 (2015): 55. Academic Search Complete. Web. 17 Feb. 2016.
O’Flynn, Catherine. “Short Stories. Book of the Day.” The Guardian 30 Sept 2015. Web. 17 Feb. 2016.
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