Susan Straight

Susan Straight

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Susan Straight's new novel, MECCA, is set in southern California. She was born in Riverside, California, where she still lives with her family. Her memoir, In the Country of Women (Catapult, 2020), was named a Best Book of the Year by NPR and CodeSwitch, longlisted for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence, and a Finalist for the Clara Johnson Prize for Women's Literature. Her novel Highwire Moon was a Finalist for the National Book Award. She has received the Edgar Prize for Best Mystery Story, the O Henry Prize, and the Lannan Prize. Her stories 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
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