11 Years After Her Death, Lucia Berlin Is Finally a Bestselling Author

(Click here to be directed to Vanity Fair.)

Eleven years after her death, Lucia Berlin has become a literary sensation. Her story collection A Manual for Cleaning Women hit the New York Times best-seller list last week, amid accolades heralding her as a lost “genius.” Even as her health began to collapse, 20 years ago, Lucia was instilling that genius in a younger cadre of writers including me. She has been the guiding force in my work, and my life, long after she died.

Note from Paul: Although I’ve never been a huge fan of VF, they hire very skilled writers.   “She instilled candor, but went further in her own work, to audacity.”



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