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The Gettin' Place

4.37 of 5 stars 4.37  ·  rating details  ·  71 ratings  ·  7 reviews
In the third novel by the author of Blacker Than a Thousand Midnights, the Thompson clan tries to deal with the chaos after their family patriarch finds the burning bodies of two white women on his property and is then accidentally gunned down by police. Tour.
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published June 27th 1996 by Hyperion (first published 1996)
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The Gettin Place by Susan Straight sprawls out of a mystery with racial issues into a family saga that carries scars from the Tulsa race riots of 1921 into the Rodney King Riots of 1992. Beyond L.A., and beyond the small city of Rio Seco, in the countrified African American enclave of Treetown, the Thompson family owns land, works hard, grows fruit, fixes cars, and holds its own through a seven-year drought. Only Marcus, the youngest Thompson brother, who didn’t like to hunt or fight, did like t ...more
Jan 18, 2011 Judy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone

The theme of Susan Straight's third novel is racial violence. In Treetown on the northern edge of Straight's fictional Rio Seco, the Thompson family lives in clannish isolation, running their car towing and repair business from within chain link fencing. As the LA riots break out after the acquittal of Rodney King's attackers, violence also breaks out in Rio Seco. The Thompsons are subjected to a string of incidents beginning on the night two white women burn to death in a car abandoned on thei
As I previously noted I was new to Straight when I read Between Heaven and Here earlier this year. Her writing is literary perfection and I will start another of her books soon.

My favorite part of her writing is how she sets each character in their time, how she seamlessly integrates their past into her description of what's happening at the time. In The Gettin Place, she added the harrowing element of the Tulsa and LA riots.

If you have not read Straight yet, please do!. Start with her latest bo
Dec 05, 2011 Curtis is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
My step father recommended The Gettin Place to me and I'm having troble reading it just becuase I think its a big step for me in reading going from things like Percy Jackson to this. Also I'm finding it hard to translate the bobonics but I think I'm getting better.
This book would make a great mini series. The story is very complex and it is confusing trying to keep the people straight at first but it eventually becomes clear. Susan Straight is one of the best writers I've come across.
Interesting. A freind lent this to me after a quick trip to Tulsa. Another one by Susan Straight about how people end up where they are. And where they are is Rio Seco, a fictional community modelled on Riverside, CA.
Ayelet Waldman
Susan Straight is such a pitch perfect writer. It's amazing to me how she manages to create perfect worlds in just a very few sentences.
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Susan Straight's newest novel is "Between Heaven and Here." It is the last in the Rio Seco Trilogy, which began with "A Million Nightingales" and "Take One Candle Light a Room." She has published eight novels, a novel for young readers and a children's book. She has also written essays and articles for numerous national publications, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Nation and
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