Brooklyn: McSweeney's Books, 2001. First Edition. Distinguished copy of Davis's major collection of short stories and "flash fiction," inscribed to short story writer Lucia Berlin (1936-2004). Davis, one of Berlin's great admirers, has written extensively about her influence and writing, most recently in The New Yorker, and in the foreword to a new edition of A Manual For Cleaning Women (FSG, 2015). "I have known Lucia Berlin's work for more than thirty years - ever since I acquired the slim, beige 1981 Turtle Island paperback called "Angels Laundromat." By the time of her third collection, I had come to know her personally, from a distance, though I can't remember how...Is this why it is almost impossible to stop reading a story of Lucia Berlin's once you begin? Is it because things keep happening? Is it also the narrating voice, so engaging, so companionable? Along with the economy, the pacing, the imagery, the clarity? These stories make you forget what you were doing, where you are, even who you are" ("The Story is the Thing: On Lucia Berlin." The New Yorker, August 12, 2015). An inscription full of warmth and deep admiration, connecting two masters of the short form. Item #4590
First Printing. Octavo (21.5cm); dark gray cloth, with titling and author's initials stamped in gilt on spine and front cover; dustjacket; [xii],201,pp. Warmly inscribed on the half-title page to Lucia Berlin: "For Lucia, With love and thanks for being such a good friend and for writing such wonderful stories - each one is an inspiration! From Lydia / 1.5.02." Barest hint of foxing to upper edge of textblock, else Fine. Dustjacket is unclipped (priced $17.00), showing some trivial wear to extremities and light dustiness; Near Fine. Housed in a custom clamshell case.