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So Long: Stories 1987-1992 (Signed Hardcover Limited Edition)

Berlin, Lucia

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ISBN 10: 0876858957 / ISBN 13: 9780876858950
Published by Black Sparrow Press, 1993
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Santa Rosa: Black Sparrow Press (1993). First edition. First printing. Cloth. Hardbound. New/New. A pristine unread copy (without marks or bruises or smells or any other defect). Comes with original acetate dust jacket cover. Shipped in well-padded box. NOTE: This book was purchased new and never opened. Cloth backed decorative boards with acetate dust jacket. There were 200 hardcover copies in the first edition. 100 copies were signed and numbered by the author on the colophon. This is copy number 100. SIGNED AND NUMBERED BY AUTHOR on colophon page. You cannot find a better copy. Bookseller Inventory # Collection-02

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Title: So Long: Stories 1987-1992 (Signed Hardcover...

Publisher: Black Sparrow Press

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition...

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In 1981, John Martin published Lucia Berlin s fourth collection of stories and remained her publisher through her last collection, published in 1993. With the recent publication of A Manual for Cleaning Women, and the sustained critical acclaim it has received, Berlin has finally been recognized as a master of the short story, allowing her work to reach the broad audience it deserves. These two collections capture distilled moments of crisis or epiphany, placing the protagonists in moments of stress or personal strain, and all told in an almost offhand, matter of fact voice. Weaving through the places she loved Chile, Mexico, the Southwest, and California each story delivers a poignant moment that lingers in the mind, not resolved, not decoded, but resonating, as questions of the human condition always do, in the heart of the reader.

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Affecting . . . Compelling . . . Remarkably successful. Berlin places her memorable characters in gripping situations, plumbing their messed-up lives for pathos and allowing us to see deeply into their souls. --Publishers Weekly

Most of the twenty-three stories in this collection are very short and very simple. They are set in the places Berlin knows best: Chile, Mexico, the Desert Southwest, and California, and they have the casual, straightforward, immediate, and intimate style that distinguishes her work. They are told in a conversational voice and they move with a swift and often lyrical economy. They capture and communicate moments of grace and cast a lovely, lazy light that lasts. Berlin is one of our finest writers and here she is at the height of her powers. --Molly Giles, San Francisco Chronicle

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