Books by Susan Straight

BETWEEN HEAVEN AND HERE by Susan Straight
Released: Sept. 12, 2012

"Straight (who is white but eschews the self-congratulating, cliché-laden condescension of books like The Help) employs glorious language and a riveting eye for detail to create a fully realized, totally believable world."
Set several years before the events of Straight's Take One Candle Light a Room (2010), the third installment of her trilogy concerns the reactions and memories that a prostitute's death stirs up in the tightknit black community in Rio Seco, Calif. Read full book review >
TAKE ONE CANDLE, LIGHT A ROOM by Susan Straight
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 12, 2010

"Deeply rooted in the African-American experience, yet filled with insights that resonate for anyone seeking to make a better life without disowning the past. Straight writes about the thorny subject of race with sensitivity and nuance."
From National Book Award finalist Straight (Highwire Moon, 2001, etc.), a searing, ultimately redemptive novel about America's legacy of racial violence and a woman's struggle to forge her own identity. Read full book review >
THE FRISKATIVE DOG by Susan Straight
ANIMALS
Released: March 13, 2007

"The friendship and family issues will resonate with those middle-grade readers more interested in emotion than action. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Word-lover Sharron labeled her stuffed dog "friskative" when she was five, because, like its owner, it was both frisky and talkative. Read full book review >
HIGHWIRE MOON by Susan Straight
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2001

"Strong physical detail and a carefully rendered cast mostly overcome long stretches of talky description and occasional slips into sentimentality."
Straight (I Been in Sorrow's Kitchen and Licked Out All the Pots, 1992, etc.) paints a bleak yet not hopeless landscape as a young girl and her mother, separated by happenstance 12 years earlier, search for each other among the down-and-out of southern California. Read full book review >
THE GETTIN PLACE by Susan Straight
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 1996

"Both dramatic and melodramatic in the best possible senses: another impassioned and powerful performance by one of the best writers to have emerged in this decade. (Author tour)"
 An ambitious and engrossing portrayal of a black family under siege in white America, by the accomplished young author of the short-story sequence Aquaboogie (1990) and the novel I Been in Sorrow's Kitchen and Licked Out All the Pots (1992). Read full book review >
I BEEN IN SORROW'S KITCHEN AND LICKED OUT ALL THE POTS by Susan Straight
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 1992

"An impressive first—from a writer to watch."
 Straight (a story collection, Aquaboogie, 1990) here offers a first novel about a black woman and her two professional football- playing sons—in a debut notable especially for its evocation of place and its sure-handed use of patois. Read full book review >