Santa Rosa: Black Sparrow Press, 1990. First Edition. Berlin's first book published by the Black Sparrow Press, collecting short stories written between 1977-1990, including "Angel's Laundromat," and the highly-regarded "Manual for Cleaning Women." Inscribed to Berlin's close friend Sidney Goldfarb, who together with Marilyn Krysl, Peter Michelson, and Reg Saner established the renowned Creative Writing Program at the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1975. In the summer of 1981, Goldfarb and Ed Dorn produced the literary newspaper Rolling Stock, where Berlin was a frequent contributor until the paper folded in 1991. Thanks to both Dorn and Goldfarb's influence, she began a two-year teaching position as Visiting Writer at UC Boulder, where she wrote much of the best of her later short fiction, and where she was awarded a prize for teaching excellence, resulting in her promotion to associate professor. Meaningful literary inscriptions in Berlin's books are uncommon in commerce. Item #6721
First Printing, wrappered issue. Octavo (22.75cm); pictorial card wrappers; ,13-280,pp. Inscribed by the author on the front endpaper, the month following publication, to poet and playwright Sidney Goldfarb: "December, 1994 / Happy New Year, Sidney. I hope to see you often / Love / Lucia." Light wear to extremities, sunning to spine, with a one inch band of sunning along the upper edge of the front wrapper; Very Good+.