Susan Straight is an award-winning author and native of California. Her books include In the Country of Women, Highwire Moon, and A Million Nightingales. She has been a Finalist for the National Book Award and the National Magazine Award, has won the O Henry Prize, The Edgar Award for Best Mystery Story, and been awarded a Lannan Prize for Fiction. She is Critic-at-Large for the Los Angeles Times, a Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California Riverside, and lives in Riverside, California, where she was born. Read More...
In the Country of Women
Susan’s first memoir, a national bestseller, is about five generations of women in America. It was named a Best Book of 2019 by National Public Radio, by NPR Codeswitch, Refinery 29, and Real Simple. Her book and family were featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, and on radio at The California Report, KPCC, KCRW, and KVCR.
Her novel, Highwire Moon, was just released in a new edition by Counterpoint Books. Highwire Moon was a Finalist for the National Book Award, a Los Angeles Times bestseller, and takes on the timely issue of a mother and daughter separated by deportation, and their struggles to cross many borders to find each other again. Set in California’s fields and deserts, and in Oaxaca and Tijuana, Mexico, the novel has been read by colleges and high schools across America.
Susan’s literary map of America, created to show the beauty of the nation through the regional literature that defines each state, features 737 novels and story collections, with exact geographic locations for stories from the 1800s to 2017. In 2020, she’s updating with new titles to 909 Novels, and writing her next book based on the map, which has been viewed around the world.