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Susan Straight
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Susan Straight is the author of six novels, including A Million Nightingales and the National Book Award finalist Highwire Moon. She has written for The New York Times Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, Harper’s Magazine, and NPR’s All Things Considered. Her short stories have won an Edgar Award and an O. Henry Award. She teaches at the University of California, Riverside.

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The Friskative Dog

Written by Susan Straight


Format: eBook, 160 pages
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
On Sale: November 26, 2008
Price: $5.99

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The Gettin Place

Written by Susan Straight


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 14, 1997
Price: $18.00

Susan Straight’s most powerful novel yet is framed by two race riots: the little known Tulsa riots of the 1920s, in which white Tulsa burned down the town’s black enclave; and the notorious L.A. riots of the 1990s.

Straight’s brilliant story of the effects of violence in America on three generations of... Read more >

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A Million Nightingales

Written by Susan Straight


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 8, 2007
Price: $15.95

From National Book Award finalist Susan Straight comes a haunting historical novel about a Louisiana slave girl's perilous journey to freedom.

Daughter of an African mother and a white father she never knew, Moinette is a house maid on a plantation south of New Orleans. At fourteen she is sold, separated from... Read more >
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A Million Nightingales

Written by Susan Straight


Format: eBook, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 26, 2008
Price: $11.99

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Take One Candle Light a Room
A Novel
Written by Susan Straight


Format: eBook, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 12, 2010
Price: $13.99

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Take One Candle Light a Room
A Novel
Written by Susan Straight


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 13, 2012
Price: $16.95

From the author of A Million Nightingales (“a writer of exceptional gifts and grace”—Joyce Carol Oates) comes a luminous new novel about the forces that tear families apart and the ties that bind them together.

Fantine Antoine is a travel writer, a profession that keeps her happily away from her Southern California... Read more >
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