Susan Straight with Laurie Frankel
California writer Susan Straight is the author of 8 novels, including Highwire Moon, a National Book Award finalist. We warmly welcome her back to Elliott Bay today to discuss her memoir, In the Country of Women (Catapult). This book traces the author’s roots, from inland Southern California, the Rockies, Canada and Switzerland, and that of the high school sweetheart who became her husband. His female ancestors escaped violence in post-slavery Tennesse, murder in Jim Crow Missisippi and abuse at the hands of their partners. The mother of three adult daughters, she reflects on the extended family and community that helped raise them. She also writes of her teacher and mentor, James Baldwin.
“Susan Straight's In the Country of Women is an American epic about what the United States could be and in fact already is for so many people like those of her extended family. Straight's kin—by blood and by choice—embody the complicated, painful history of this country and its tremendous, hopeful diversity. This is an enriching, inspiring, and moving account of how a writer chose her family and her destiny.” —Viet Thanh Nguyen.
Susan Straight will appear in conversation with Laurie Frankel, author of This Is How It Always Is and other books.