Lucia Berlin's Writing Gains Popularity with Posthumous Short Story Collection

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 (Buddy Berlin)

"Advice to cleaning women: Take everything that your lady gives you and say Thank you. You can leave it on the bus, in the crack." So muses a house cleaner as she sits with other maids on a Piedmont sidewalk, waiting for a bus home in the title story of "A Manual for Cleaning Women." This new collection of autobiographical stories by writer Lucia Berlin, who died 11 years ago, has gained her a popularity she never achieved in life. We'll talk about Berlin's life and work with local writers who got to know her while she lived in the East Bay.