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Homesick Lucia Berlin

Homesick

Lucia Berlin

Published January 1st 1990
ISBN : 9780876858172
Hardcover
280 pages
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Winner of the 1991 Before Columbus / American Book Award Pain is the subject of these stories, but it is not the maudlin, romantic pain found in fiction issuing from Creative Writing Therapy sessions . . . it has humor, the uneasy, unpredictableMoreWinner of the 1991 Before Columbus / American Book Award Pain is the subject of these stories, but it is not the maudlin, romantic pain found in fiction issuing from Creative Writing Therapy sessions . . . it has humor, the uneasy, unpredictable humor of a Richard Pryor monologue. With Homesick, Berlin can be judged alonside Raymond Carver, Alice Adams, and Bobbie Anne Mason. She is a remarkable writer, especially on life in the new American West. -Keith AbbottFor this, her first major collection, Lucia Berlin gathered the best of her work from 1960 to 1990, including stories from The Atlantic and Saul Bellows little magazine The Noble Savage and the immortal My Jockey, winner of the Jack London Short Prize, 1985.There is nothing tentative about the range of statement in these stories. They are about what can be lost and what can be endured. Berlins characters are often neglected or abused girls, or women with children who struggle to make ends meet while their husbands, absent or present, provide no help. The strength and endurance of these characters, combined with their daily observations about the pain and drama of life, give them the ability to affirm their existence. -Pat Smith