Susan Straight

Susan Straight

Susan Straight was born in Riverside, California, where she still lives with her family. Her new memoir, In the Country of Women, will be published in August 2019 by Catapult. She has published eight novels, including I Been in Sorrow's Kitchen and Licked Out All the Pots (1992), Highwire Moon (2001),A Million Nightingales (2006), Take One Candle, and Between Heaven and Here (2013). She has been a Finalist for the National Book Award, the National Magazine Award, and the SCIBA Award. She received the Edgar for Best Mystery Story, the O Henry Prize, the Lannan Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Kirsch Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her fiction and essays have appeared in the New Yorker, The Guardian, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Harpers, The Believer, Reader's Digest, Family Circle and others.

Her instagram is susan.straight. Her website is, featuring An American Family, with ties to ancestors from Switzerland, Africa, Canada, Oklahoma, Colorado, and California.

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