Welcome Home

By Lucia Berlin
Edited by Jeff Berlin
Read by Hillary Huber

4.24 Hours 11/06/2018 unabridged
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Before Lucia Berlin died, she was working on a book of previously unpublished autobiographical sketches called Welcome Home. The work consisted of more than twenty chapters that started in 1936 in Alaska and ended (prematurely) in 1966 in southern Mexico. In our publication of Welcome Home, her son, Jeff Berlin, is filling in the gaps with photos and letters from her eventful, romantic, and tragic life. From Alaska to Albuquerque, Kentucky to Mexico, New York City to Chile, Berlin’s world was wide. And the writing here is, as we’ve come to expect, dazzling. She describes the places she lived and the people she knew with all the style and wit and heart and humor that readers fell in love with in her stories. Welcome Home is an essential nonfiction companion to A Manual for Cleaning Women and Evening in Paradise.

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Summary

Summary

A Huffington Post Pick for Fall

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

A BuzzFeed Books Pick for Fall

A Newsday Pick of Fall Books

An Indie Next List selection

Before Lucia Berlin died, she was working on a book of previously unpublished autobiographical sketches called Welcome Home. The work consisted of more than twenty chapters that started in 1936 in Alaska and ended (prematurely) in 1966 in southern Mexico. In our publication of Welcome Home, her son, Jeff Berlin, is filling in the gaps with photos and letters from her eventful, romantic, and tragic life.

From Alaska to Albuquerque, Kentucky to Mexico, New York City to Chile, Berlin’s world was wide. And the writing here is, as we’ve come to expect, dazzling. She describes the places she lived and the people she knew with all the style and wit and heart and humor that readers fell in love with in her stories. Welcome Home is an essential nonfiction companion to A Manual for Cleaning Women and Evening in Paradise.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Berlin doesn’t fuss with preamble or elaborate scene setting in her nonfiction; instead, she quietly homes in on elliptical, freighted moments…Berlin’s nonfiction makes apparent her genius for taking personal, idiosyncratic scenes from her memory and crafting them into fiction that speaks to us all.” Washington Post
“Gives a sense of the joyousness of [Berlin’s] personality, which is as urgently expressed in all her writing as loneliness and desperation are. Her writing loves the world, lingers over details of touch and smell.” Atlantic
“If you’ve come this far in the Berlin oeuvre, resistance is futile…Welcome Home comprises Berlin’s fragmentary, unfinished memoirs, bringing into focus a writer whose life was as wild and tragic as her fiction.” Vulture
“Tantalizing glimpses into the life of a recently discovered writer…An excellent start to understanding a writer and her work.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

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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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Literary Collections
Runtime: 4.24
Audience: Adult
Language: English