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.
'Jemand stirbt oder eine Liebe geht zu Ende und nichts wird aufgelöst, man bleibt einfach damit zurück', hat Lucia Berlin über Anton Tschechow und seine Kunst des Erzählens mit offenem Ausgang einmal gesagt. So wenig wie ihr Vorbild richtet Lucia Berl...[SEE MORE]