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Susan Straight

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in Riverside, California, The United States
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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 Harper's Magazine, and is a frequent contributor to NPR and Salon.com.

Her story "Mines," first published in Zoetrope All Story, was included in Best American Short Stories 2003. She won a Lannan Literary Award in 2007. She won a 2008 Edgar Allan Poe Award for her short story "The Golden Gopher."

She is a Professor at the University of California,
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Average rating: 3.9 · 5,332 ratings · 702 reviews · 34 distinct worksSimilar authors
I Been in Sorrow's Kitchen ...

4.10 avg rating — 599 ratings — published 1992 — 16 editions
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A Million Nightingales

3.85 avg rating — 546 ratings — published 2006 — 7 editions
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Highwire Moon

3.71 avg rating — 514 ratings — published 2001 — 15 editions
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In the Country of Women

4.09 avg rating — 320 ratings — published 2019 — 5 editions
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Between Heaven and Here

3.72 avg rating — 260 ratings — published 2012 — 6 editions
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Take One Candle Light a Room

3.63 avg rating — 247 ratings — published 2010 — 6 editions
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Blacker Than a Thousand Mid...

4.10 avg rating — 141 ratings — published 1994 — 12 editions
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The Princess of Valencia

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The Gettin Place

4.29 avg rating — 99 ratings — published 1996 — 7 editions
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The Palace of Wasted Footsteps by Cary C. Holladay
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Some of the most astonishing stories I've ever read. "Merry-Go-Sorry" is about the murder in West Memphis for which the three young men were just released - this is a coincidence I just discovered, having read CH's stories for the first time this ...more
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Faithful Place by Tana French
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Started this late one night, spent five nights up until 2 am finishing it, and then read it again two weeks later. Because I come from a close-knit community where no one tells, and there are so many secrets around us, even about killings - as in ...more
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Mercury by Cary C. Holladay
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I discovered Cary Holladay by accident, and now I'm reading all her fiction. This novel is stunning, told by a teenage girl in Virginia horse country, and Hollday's prose is astonishingly lyrical and unforgettable. Her images are great - "other girls ...more
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" I look forward all week to reading on the weekend. Michael Tolkin, who wrote The Player, came to visit my class Thursday, and it was amazing. He ...more "
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" Cool - I'm not late this time! Maybe...
Description is my favorite part of writing, along with dialogue. I always write too much description, because I
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" I'm way beyond late, and really sorry! I've hosted Writers Week for the past two days at the university where I teach, so I've heard some great ...more "
" As a single mother of three beautiful daughters (21, 19 and 15) we talk about guys a lot, but since we judge the world according to strange Louisa May ...more "
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“I have a million nightingales on the branches of my heart singing freedom.”
Susan Straight, A Million Nightingales

“The broken spine of the book shows the webbing of binder's string, and my fingers have worn white spots in the cover.”
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“The Men hunted money and sex. The women were hunted and captured, even the white women.”
Susan Straight, A Million Nightingales

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