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Amazing short stories. Lucia Berlin takes you to another place and time. California, Arizona, Laundrymats, clandestine Mexican abortian clinics, beaches and deserts. I can't say enough praise about her writing technique and ability to tell a story I sometimes wish would never end.— From Rachel's Picks
One of The New York Times Book Review's Ten Best Books of 2015
One of Jezebel's Favorite Books of 2016
"I have always had faith that the best writers will rise to the top, like cream, sooner or later, and will become exactly as well-known as they should be-their work talked about, quoted, taught, performed, filmed, set to music, anthologized. Perhaps, with the present collection, Lucia Berlin will begin to gain the attention she deserves." -Lydia Davis
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.