A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories by Lucia Berlin

A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories

Lucia Berlin with Stephen Emerson, Lydia Davis

fiction literary short stories dark emotional reflective slow-paced

406 pages | first published 2015

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"I have always had faith that the best writers will rise to the top, like cream, sooner or later, and will become exactly as well-known as they should be—their work talked about, quoted, taught, performed, filmed, set to music, anthologized. Perha...
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Summary of 1766 reviews

Moods

reflective 72%
emotional 66%
dark 65%
sad 52%
funny 40%
challenging 33%
hopeful 13%
tense 12%
adventurous 11%
inspiring 9%
lighthearted 6%
relaxing 4%
mysterious 3%
informative 1%

Pace

medium 44%
slow 43%
fast 11%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 64% | A mix: 25% | N/A: 8% | Plot: 1%

Strong character development?

It's complicated: 48% | Yes: 26% | N/A: 15% | No: 10%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 50% | Yes: 36% | No: 12%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 76% | No: 10% | It's complicated: 9% | N/A: 3%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 88% | It's complicated: 5% | N/A: 3% | No: 3%

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4.23

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