Evening in Paradise: More Stories

By Lucia Berlin
Read by Kyla Garcia

unabridged

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    ISBN: 9781538586723

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Runtime: 9.04 Hours
Category: Fiction/Short Stories
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

One of Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year

A Library Journal Best Books of the Year selection

A Time Magazine Pick of November's Best Books

An Entertainment Weekly Pick for November

A BuzzFeed Books Pick of the Best Books of Fall 2018

A Millions.com Pick of Most Anticipated Books

A Bustle Pick of November's Best Fiction

A Literary Hub Pick of Fall Books

A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week

A Refinery29 Pick of November's New Books

A Nylon Magazine Pick of New Books for November

A Vulture.com Pick of Best New Books of the Month

A collection of previously uncompiled stories from the short-story master and literary sensation Lucia Berlin

In 2015, Farrar, Straus and Giroux 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, and other outlets gave the book rave reviews.

The book’s author, Lucia Berlin, earned comparisons to Raymond Carver, Grace Paley, Alice Munro, and Anton Chekhov. Evening in Paradise is a careful selection from Berlin’s remaining stories―twenty-two gems that showcase the gritty glamour that made readers fall in love with her. From Texas to Chile, Mexico to New York City, Berlin finds beauty in the darkest places and darkness in the seemingly pristine. Evening in Paradise is an essential piece of Berlin’s oeuvre, a jewel-box follow-up for new and old fans.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Paradise affirms Berlin as one of the more underrated writers of her time.” Entertainment Weekly
“Berlin’s prose reads like poetry and feels like memory. Fraught moments are telescoped into spare, suggestive exchanges that directly appeal to the senses.” Washington Post
“Berlin probably deserved a Pulitzer Prize…She managed to write, beautifully, about the hard and the awkward things.” New York Times Book Review
“There’s not a single story in Evening in Paradise that’s less than beautiful. Berlin had a gift for language and never limited herself to one style—the stories in her collection are alternately comic and tragic, with the only thing in common being Berlin’s obvious love for her characters, even the ones who aren’t conventionally likable.” NPR
“Thank god for the posthumous revival of Lucia Berlin…Her characters are utterly captivating…and her scenery envelops you.” BuzzFeed
“No dead author is more alive on the page than Berlin: funny, dark, and so in love with the world.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“These works capture human relationships and interactions with care and grace, making the ordinary extraordinary and the extraordinary achingly familiar…Beautifully realized stories with good, old-fashioned virtues.” Library Journal
“Berlin’s writing achieves a dreamy, delightful effect as it provides a look back through time. This collection should further bolster Berlin’s reputation as one of the strongest short story writers of the twentieth century.” Publishers Weekly

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Author Bio: Lucia Berlin

Lucia Berlin (1936–2004) worked brilliantly but sporadically throughout the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. Her stories are inspired by her early childhood in various Western mining towns; her glamorous teenage years in Santiago, Chile; three failed marriages; a lifelong problem with alcoholism; her years spent in Berkeley, New Mexico, and Mexico City; and the various jobs she later held to support her writing and her four sons. Sober and writing steadily by the 1990s, she took a visiting writer’s post at the University of Colorado Boulder in 1994 and was soon promoted to associate professor. In 2001, in failing health, she moved to Southern California to be near her sons.

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Details

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Available Formats : Retail CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Short Stories
Runtime: 9.04
Audience: Adult
Language: English