Evening in Paradise by Lucia Berlin

Evening in Paradise

A collection of previously uncompiled stories from the short-story master and literary sensation Lucia BerlinIn 2015, FSG published A Manual for Cleaning Women, a posthumous story collection by a relatively unknown writer, to wild, widespread acclaim. It was a New York Times bestseller; the paper's Book Review named it one of the Ten Best Books of 2015; and NPR, Time, Entertainment Weekly, The Guardian, The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, ...

Details Evening in Paradise

TitleEvening in Paradise
Release DateNov 6th, 2018
PublisherFarrar, Straus and Giroux
GenreShort Stories, Fiction

Reviews Evening in Paradise

  • Meike
    Lucia Berlin’s short story collection A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories, published posthumously in 2015, caused quite a stir and turned the author into a worldwide literary sensation. “Evening in Paradise” is the follow-up and offers 22 more stories that often refer to Berlin’s real life: We meet literary doppelgängers of her, her parents, her four kids and her three ex-husbands, and among the recurring themes are alcohol and...
  • Kasa Cotugno
    Three years ago, I was blown away by A Manual for Cleaning Women, a compilation of stories by Lucia Berlin, gathered by her publishers and friends ten years after her death. I mentioned at the time that I felt a short story collection in which every story is good presents a challenge to a reader that novels do not. Each immersive piece requires more of an effort, whereas once under the spell of a novel, a reader can have a smoother experience. Th...
  • Lolly K Dandeneau
    Via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/'Missed moments. One word, one gesture, can change your entire life, can break everything or make it whole.'I have been wanting to read A Manual for Cleaning Women for a long time, having read glowing reviews so when I saw this one up for grabs I tucked in and wasn’t disappointed. Reading that many stories were based on her real life made them all the more satisfying. I was tickled by Tiny on t...
  • Theresa Smith Writes
    I had never actually heard of Lucia Berlin prior to receiving this collection of short stories. Her short bio indicates that she led a colourful life and the stories included in this collection are reminiscent of the experiences indicated in her bio. Her style is rather conversational, witty and desperately honest, sometimes painfully so. Not all of the stories were to my taste, some were a little difficult to follow, almost rambling. Others were...
  • Latkins
    I really enjoyed A Manual For Cleaning Women, the book of selected short stories by the late Lucia Berlin, and I also enjoyed this follow-up of more stories. The tales are arranged in a kind of chronological order of Berlin's life (helped by a mini-biography at the end of the book), as, although fiction, most of the stories are clearly based on her own experiences. Ranging from El Paso to Chile, to New York, Paris, California and Mexico, from the...
  • Rae
    Evening in Paradise is another wonderful short story collection from the late Lucia Berlin, author of the best-selling Manual for Cleaning Women. Berlin's style is a comforting shorthand, a snapshot of life. She writes about domestic life, addiction, single motherhood, and somehow managed to make grief beautiful and death majestically quiet. I drank in rather than read her words, like a hungry child in a pool of fresh water. I would recommend thi...
  • Brita
    I read A Manual for Cleaning Women in February 2016. I remember feeling completely immersed in it, and thinking it lived up to the significant hype it received upon publication. I was less enthralled by this collection, but that may have been circumstantial (I read it while traveling). Although the stories are short - some extremely so - they would benefit from a more sustained quality of attention than I gave them.
  • PfromJ
    Exquisite, masterful, haunting stories.