Welcome Home

Welcome Home Review

A compilation of sketches, photographs, and letters, Welcome Home is an essential nonfiction companion to the stories by Lucia Berlin.

Before Lucia Berlin died, she was working on a book of previously unpublished autobiographical sketches called Welcome Home.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 Argentina, 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. Combined with letters from and photos of friends and lovers, Welcome Home is an essential nonfiction companion to A Manual for Cleaning Women and Evening in Paradise.

Title:Welcome Home
Edition Language:English

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Jon(athan) Nakapalau

    This was such a wonderful examination of a life that ebbed with vitality and creative curiosity. Lucia Berlin marches to the beat of her own drum and never tries to blame where the marching takes her ...

  • Tara

    If you're familiar with Lucia Berlin's short stories (collected in A Manual for Cleaning Women) this book will add a new perspective to familiar territory. Half of the book is an unfinished memoir, ta...

  • Kasa Cotugno

    Welcome Home is an unfinished autobiography, which Lucia Berlin was working on but never had a chance to finish. Much of this material is familiar to me since I recently read Evening in Paradise, a li...

  • Karen Auvinen

    Reading this book was like sitting with Lucia, who was my mentor, at her kitchen table in flat near the Boulder foothills. The first half of the book--impressions of the places she lived ---is beautif...

  • Spiros

    More refractions, refractions on refractions...the first half of this desperately thin tome is the beginnings of a memoir, in which Berlin sketches the places in which she has lived, ending on the roa...

  • Nameless

    I received an advanced readers copy of this book as part of Goodreads Giveaway. Thank you Farrar, Straus and Giroux for sending it my way. It was a solid read. I especially enjoyed the diary entries w...

  • Me

    I was sent this book free of charge in return for an honest review. This is a quick and interesting read even if you are not familiar with the work of Lucia Berlin. She lived an unpredictable life for...

  • Erin Duffey

    Wow. I knew nothing of Lucia before my friend stayed in bed for 3 hours, fell asleep and woke up to my ringing her doorbell. Loved learning about her life before reading her stories. Fantastic...

  • Rebecca

    This little book was wonderful! I am already a fan of Berlin's writing style, having read excerpts of her previous short story collections; I will definitely be seeking out more in the future. This co...

  • Amanda Bannister

    Christmas present from my daughter 💞...