A collection of previously uncompiled stories, “Evening in Paradise proves that Berlin’s generous, beautiful spirit will endure in the literary world for decades to come” (Michael Schaub, NPR)
“Thank god for the posthumous revival of Lucia Berlin” (Arianna Rebolini, BuzzFeed)
In 2015, A Manual for Cleaning Women, a posthumous story collection by a relatively unknown writer, was published 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.
• Named a Best Book of the Year by several critics and publications, including Dwight Garner, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe, Kirkus Reviews, and Library Journal