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 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 in Boulder in 1994 and was soon promoted to associate professor. Her books include A Manual for Cleaning Women, Welcome Home, and Evening in Paradise. In 2001, in failing health, she moved to Southern California to be near her sons. She died in 2004 in Marina del Rey.Lucia's books include A Manual for Cleaning Women, Welcome Home, and Evening in Paradise.