A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories by Lucia Berlin, Stephen Emerson

By Lucia Berlin, Stephen Emerson

"I have consistently had religion that the easiest writers will upward push to the head, like cream, in the end, and may turn into precisely as famous as they need to be-their paintings said, quoted, taught, played, filmed, set to track, anthologized. might be, with the current assortment, Lucia Berlin will start to achieve the eye she deserves." -Lydia Davis

A guide FOR cleansing girls compiles the easiest paintings of the mythical short-story author Lucia Berlin. With the grit of Raymond Carver, the humor of Grace Paley, and a mix of wit and depression all her personal, Berlin crafts miracles from the typical, uncovering moments of grace within the Laundromats and midway homes of the yankee Southwest, within the houses of the Bay zone top type, between switchboard operators and suffering moms, hitchhikers and undesirable Christians.

Readers will enjoy this outstanding assortment from a grasp of the shape and beauty how they'd ever neglected her within the first place.

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What good could possibly come 25 ANDY BEHRENS from the conversation? None. Was this more guilt that Ian was feel­ ing? Maybe. Felicia eventually called his house that night. But when the phone rang, Ian had been asleep for three hours. 26 3 When Ian blinked open his eyes, his room was full of sunlight. The digital clock beside his bed said 9:48. It took him a few moments to process these key details: 1) He had not merely napped but had slept through the night. 2) His parents had neglected to wake him when they’d left for the airport.

She stared rather sourly at Ian as he examined the array of condoms. He blushed. A pair of young girls—neither could have been older than fourteen—trailed along behind her. While passing Ian, they quietly stared at their flip-flops. When they reached the next aisle, however, they began giggling. The laughter sent a wave of anxiety through Ian, as if he’d just been depantsed in his school cafeteria. He lunged at the display, grabbing a random package without car­ ing which odd style he’d selected.

No, no, no. The sex is definitely im­ plied. Good man, Ian. ” “So yeah, I’m going to Charleston. Like, right now. I’ve never been, but I have maps. ” asked Felicia, horrified by the idea of covering for Ian under such circumstances. “That’s a little dangerous, don’t you think? You were conning us too, Ian. ” “The plan could’ve been formulated a bit better, it’s true. But the important thing was to get on the road. That’s all I was thinking about, really. It’s all I’m thinking about right now, actually.

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