• The bittersweet, sharply observed stories in Blue in Chicago introduce British readers to Bette Howland, a forgotten great of 20th American fiction

  • Portraits of working class life that are full of wry, brilliant observation and sly, joyous humour

  • For fans of Lydia Davis, Alice Munro and Lucia Berlin – we sold 30k copies of A Manual for Cleaning Women (UK TCM)

  • Bette Howland mysteriously disappeared from public life after winning a Macarthur Genius Grant – this is a significant rediscovery of her work

Blue in Chicago, Bette Howland