Susan Straight‘s memoir, In the Country of Women, was published in 2019 by Catapult Books, released in paperback in 2020. The book was named a best of the year by NPR and CodeSwitch, a finalist for the Clara Johnson Prize for Women’s Literature, and longlisted for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence. She has published eight novels, including Between Heaven and Here (McSweeneys, 2013), Take One Candle Light a Room (Anchor Books), and A Million Nightingales (Anchor Books), Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in 2006. Highwire Moon was a Finalist for the 2001 National Book Award.
Her stories and essays have appeared in O Henry Prize Stories, Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Los Angeles Times, Granta, Harper’s, and elsewhere. Her awards include the Lannan Prize for Fiction, the Edgar Award for Best Mystery Story, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.
She was born in Riverside, California, where she lives with her family.