A Manual for Cleaning Women

A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories 
by Lucia Berlin
Published: Aug 2015

It seems an autobiography of Lucia Berlin’s life was shattered and scattered into different characters and short stories, each giving insight into some facet but none capturing its entirety. Emotionally weighty and quite dark, NYT captured the essence perfectly: “There are stories about cancer and abortions and beatings and desperate addictions; sexual abuse lingers behind others. Deep loneliness is a near constant.”

3.5 out of 5 stars

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