Berkeley: Turtle Island, 1981. 1st Edition. Small octavo, publisher's illustrated stiff paper wraps lettered in black.
Berlin's second book, a collection of elegiac stories about ordinary, working class people set mainly in the American west, including "The Musical Vanity Boxes," "Mama and Dad," "El Tim," "A Foggy Day," "Maggie May," and the title story: "Teenage Chicana brides go to Angel's. Towels, pink shortie nighties, bikini underpants that say Thursday. Their husbands wear blue overalls with names in script on the pockets. I like to wait and see the names appear in the mirror vision of the dryers. Tino, Corky. Junior." Berlin won critical acclaim and several awards during her lifetime, but was largely overlooked by the reading public. She subsisted working a series of odd jobs and teaching writing, and suffered from poor health. Her selected stories were published posthumously in 2015, under the title A Manual for Cleaning Women, with an introduction by Lydia Davis, and became a bestseller. Illustrated with drawings and cover art by Michael Shannon Moore. Traces of damp staining, mostly affecting top edge and lower third of spine. Very good. Item #400