Susan Straight

Finalist, 2001 National Book Awards

Susan Straight was born in Riverside and still lives there with her family. She has published seven novels and one middle-grade reader.
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Highwire Moon

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ISBN 9780618056149 Anchor / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The story of a young mother deported and separated from her child, and the pair's efforts to locate each other years later Highwire Moon narrates the journeys of a young mother and daughter divided. More about this book >

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Susan Straight

Susan Straight was born in Riverside and still lives there with her family. (She can actually see the hospital from her kitchen window, which her daughters find kind of pathetic; most days, she walks the dog past the classroom where she wrote her first short story at 16, at Riverside City College, which they find even more sad.) She has published seven novels and one middle-grade reader. Highwire Moon was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2001; A Million Nightingales was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in 2006. Her short stories have appeared in ZoetropeThe Ontario ReviewThe Oxford AmericanThe SunBlack Clock, and other magazines. “The Golden Gopher,” from Los Angelas Noir, won the Edgar Award in 2007; “El Ojo de Agua,” from Zoetrope, won an O. Henry Award in 2007. Her essays have appeared in the New York TimesReader’s DigestFamily CircleSalonThe Los Angeles TimesHarpersThe Nation, and other magazines. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to work on Highwire Moon, and a Lannan Prize was an immense help when working on Take One Candle Light a Room.

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