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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  72 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Full of defiance and tenderness, Aquaboogie chronicles the triumphs and tragedies of the residents of Rio Seco. In “Aquaboogie,” art student Nacho finances his class out East by working as a janitor, subject to torment by his white coworkers. In “Back,” elderly Pashion sleeps wrapped around the body of her dying husband L. C., all the while recalling their 49 years of marr ...more
Paperback, 196 pages
Published April 16th 2007 by Milkweed Editions (first published 1993)
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Susan Straight was a couple of years behind me at North High ... in her stories are the kids I went to high school with. She also writes essays for Salon and The Nation.
J.M. Slowik
May 31, 2012 J.M. Slowik rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: African-American Studies majors
Shelves: stories, race
Unique, to say the least.

Susan Straight is definitely a master of voice, half mimic and half ventriloquist, as the dialogue in here is almost impenetrably authentic. She's white, and blonde, ably depicting characters who are all black or hispanic-- a function of her own environment growing up. But overall she seems more talented as a recorder than a translator. Of course it could be my personal failure to relate to the text, as it revolves around characters in an inner-city setting, when the "c
I am really enjoying Susan Straight. This was her first, and as the title implies, it's more stories than novel. There's something in these stories that makes me ache for people, and not exactly in a 'trying circumstances' way as much as for the small and great losses everyone experiences. Straight seems particularly interested in the way people lose the cooking and garden-growing and other household practices of their parents and grandparents - survival practices for them, but they became a cul ...more
After spending time with the Antoine and Picard families, I'm continuing to explore Susan Straight's Rio Seco by heading back to her first volume of stories. Straight gives us an entire community to explore and allows us to watch it change before our eyes. She has an incredible gift for finding her characters voices and stories. Looking forward to visiting Rio Seco again.
***3.5 stars***

These stories kept getting better and better. Some of the earlier ones, and definitely the last couple, which strayed completely from near-desert community of Rio Seco, felt like space fillers. Still a worthwhile read.
This book was required reading in one of my college courses.
G Lee
I tried but couldn't get into her style of writing.
More like snapshots in time... well done.
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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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I Been in Sorrow's Kitchen and Licked Out All the Pots A Million Nightingales Highwire Moon Between Heaven and Here Take One Candle Light a Room

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