Delve Summer 2019: Lucia Berlin: A Manual for Cleaning Women


Delve Summer 2019: Lucia Berlin: A Manual for Cleaning Women


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Thursdays, June 13-27 (3 meetings)
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Guide: Ivonne Saed Tuition: $110

Lucia Berlin’s A Manual for Cleaning Women.
Lucia Berlin was an acute observer of the everyday. With her wit, humor, and close attention to both the dark and pleasurable moments of an ordinary life, she offers her readers the opportunity to enter these small, mundane worlds that are rarely explored in literature. Her short stories are built with an almost austere and unemotional language that she uses only to get deeper into the minds and hearts of her unforgettable characters.

Lucia Berlin. A Manual for Cleaning Women. New York: Picador, 2015.

To read before the first meeting: The first assignment is the foreword, the introduction, and the first stories through page 124.


Graphic designer, writer, translator, and photographer, Ivonne Saed has extensively explored the crossroads between the visual and the textual, both in her creative work and in teaching. She is the author of the novel Triple crónica de un nombre (Triple Chronicle of a Name)—Juan Rulfo National Award for First Novel in Mexico, and the non-fiction Sobre Paul Auster: Autoría, distopía y textualidad (On Paul Auster: Authorship, Dystopia and Textuality). She has co-authored other fiction and non-fiction books, and has published book reviews, short fiction and photos in several newspapers and magazines in Mexico and the US. She’s taught literature at Oregon State University, Marylhurst University and Universidad Iberoamericana, and she’s been a Delve guide since 2011. Her work has been staged with Jewish Theatre Collaborative (Portland) and Jewish Women’s Theatre (Los Angeles).

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