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

By Lucia Berlin, Stephen Emerson

"I have continually had religion that the simplest writers will upward thrust to the pinnacle, like cream, ultimately, and should turn into precisely as famous as they need to be-their paintings mentioned, quoted, taught, played, filmed, set to track, anthologized. probably, with the current assortment, Lucia Berlin will start to achieve the eye she deserves." -Lydia Davis

A handbook FOR cleansing ladies 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 quarter higher category, between switchboard operators and suffering moms, hitchhikers and undesirable Christians.

Readers will experience this striking assortment from a grasp of the shape and sweetness how they'd ever missed her within the first place.

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Probably before you were born. ’’ ‘‘That’s a long time ago. ’’ ‘‘Once you have it you don’t forget it,’’ he replied, and as we waited for the EKG he told me the story. He was out in the desert, testing a new heat-seeking missile for the Air Force. The crew was up before dawn, and the ⅐ 33 ⅐ target—burning oil drums—was visible for miles across the flats. He stood in the open with a radio, wearing a white dress shirt because he was expected at the office later that morning. They fired the missile from over the horizon, and it came across the desert at two thousand miles per hour.

Now I could have read anything there. ‘‘It must have been the Word,’’ the attending said, looking down at her, his face grim. For an instant he looked angry, vengeful. And there it was, blue-black, the full size of my thumb, held in the pathologist’s tweezers. The blood clot. ’’ The attending looked solemn, stern, but the anger I had seen was gone. Surprised, we simply nodded as he bowed his head and spoke. Our father who art in heaven Hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.

Dull, vague, in his chest, going up into his neck and down his left arm. He felt sick to his stomach. He felt like he couldn’t breathe. ’’ He looked up at me, breathing more easily now on the oxygen, his lips growing pink again. ‘‘I had pain exactly like this thirty years ago,’’ he said. ‘‘Probably before you were born. ’’ ‘‘That’s a long time ago. ’’ ‘‘Once you have it you don’t forget it,’’ he replied, and as we waited for the EKG he told me the story. He was out in the desert, testing a new heat-seeking missile for the Air Force.

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