Lucia Berlin’s A Manual for Cleaning Women: Book club and discussion.

Why Hasn’t Lucia Berlin Gotten the Adoration She Deserves? 

Why Hasn’t Lucia Berlin Gotten the Adoration She Deserves? 

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Feb. 4 2016 9:38 AM

The Audio Book Club Travels to (Lucia) Berlin

Slate critics debate the underrated author’s collected stories. 


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Slate critics Christina Cauterucci, Mark Harris, and Katy Waldman discuss A Manual for Cleaning Women, a sensitive, droll, and affecting collection of short stories by the underrated American writer Lucia Berlin, who died in 2004. Is there a worldview embedded in Berlin’s fragmentary approach to storytelling? To what extent has she embraced the role of autobiographer? Why do her stories read as so careful and so careless at the same time?

Next month the Audio Book Club will dig into A.O. Scott’s new book Better Living Through Criticism. Read the book and stay tuned for our discussion in March!

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