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Titre : A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected ...
Éditeur : Blackstone Audiobooks, United States
Date d'édition : 2016
Reliure : CD-Audio
Etat du livre : New
Edition : Unabridged.
Language: English Brand New. 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, from the forewordA 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. N° de réf. du libraire AAS9781504676519
The New York Times bestseller
'This selection of 43 stories should by all rights see Lucia Berlin as lauded as Jean Rhys or Raymond Carver' Independent
The stories in A Manual for Cleaning Women make for one of the most remarkable unsung collections in twentieth-century American fiction.
With extraordinary honesty and magnetism, Lucia Berlin invites us into her rich, itinerant life: the drink and the mess and the pain and the beauty and the moments of surprise and of grace. Her voice is uniquely witty, anarchic and compassionate. Celebrated for many years by those in the know, she is about to become - a decade after her death - the writer everyone is talking about. The collection will be introduced by Lydia Davis.
'With Lucia Berlin we are very far away from the parlours of Boston and New York and quite far away, too, from the fiction of manners, unless we are speaking of very bad manners . . . The writer Lucia Berlin most puts me in mind of is the late Richard Yates.' LRB, 1999
[Berlin's] stories are peopled with sharp, unpredictable, vital characters (often drunk!). They hit you with a force the moment you happen upon them. (Jackie Kay, Best Holiday Reads 2015 Observer)
Berlin writes about extremities of shame, humiliation and degradation with a ferocious elegance that allows neither bleakness not sentimentality . . . The editorial arrangement by Berlin's friend Stephen Emerson is particularly sensitive to the jazzy musicality of the stories . . . These perfectly poised cadences are the work of a writer who knew exactly how good she was. (Jane Shilling New Statesman)
There is a seemingly effortless style to these beautifully observant tales of detoxing, lapsing and old affections. ( Sunday Express)
Berlin's writing is characterised by an enormous appetite for life, for humour and for love . . . This almost chatty style is undercut by brutal one-liners and swift reversals that, along with skilful narrative shaping, remind you that these are painstakingly crafted stories. (Catherine O?Flynn Guardian)
[Lucia Berlin] may just be the best writer you've never heard of . . . Imagine a less urban Grace Paley, with a similar talent for turning the net of resentments and affections among family members into stories that carry more weight than their casual, conversational tone might initially suggest . . . Berlin's offbeat humor, get-on-with-it realism, and ability to layer details that echo across stories and decades give her book a tremendous staying power . . . [ A Manual for Cleaning Women] goes a long way toward putting Berlin, who died in 2004, back in the public eye. ( Publishers Weekly (starred review))
This career-spanning volume should reward readers who return to it for months, years, even decades . . . Berlin's stories offer few answers, and no easy routes to redemption, but empathy pulses. (Max Liu Independent)
[Berlin's] writing really soars. ( Literary Review)
A major talent . . . A testament to a writer whose explorations of society's rougher corners deserve wider attention. ( Kirkus (Starred Review))
In A Manual for Cleaning Women we witness the emergence of an important American writer, one who was mostly overlooked in her time. She is the real deal. ( New York Times)
This selection of 43 stories . . . should by all rights see her as lauded as Jean Rhys or Raymond Carver. (John Self Independent)
Vivacity, humor, sorrow, pragmatism and sheer literary star power . . . How a writer with this much appeal slipped under the radar is unfathomable. ( Newsday)
A Manual for Cleaning Women is a miracle of storytelling. ( Elle)
Begin reading a Berlin short story and you know immediately that you are in the presence of a unique and searing literary force . . . This revelatory volume now brings her forward to stand beside her peers. ( Booklist)
Lucia Berlin has long been overlooked as one of America's best short story writers, and it only takes readers the first couple of pages to recognize that. ( Nylon)
Lucia Berlin might be the most interesting person you've never met . . . Every detox ward, dingy Laundromat, and sunbaked Mexican palapa spills across the page in sentences so bright and fierce and full of wild color that you'll want to turn each one over just to see how she does it. And then go back and read them all again. ( Entertainment Weekly)
Berlin's posthumous, highly semiautobiographical collection will catapult her into a household name. ( Marie Claire)
This was a brilliant woman. [Berlin's] work transcends funny and shows us the absurd. She doesn't let her characters hide behind artifice or sensationalism or substances, as much as they might like to. Reading these stories, you get the sense that this is what she wanted for herself: to let go of the bullshit. As a result, the transformation she provides is visceral and startling. (Kelly Luce Electric Lit)
Berlin's ability to gaze into a person's soul is reflected in her writing it is incisive, and the boldness of the prose jumps off the page . . . Poignant, comic and beautifully observed. ( The Lady)
[The stories] reel you in with their warmth, humour and a cast of ordinary women leading very real, very messy lives. ( Red)
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