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Susan Straight Spins Tales of Louisiana Folks Living in California

20140406-080717.jpgTune on to a live interview with Susan Straight, author of Between Heaven and Here, at 12:30 p.m. CST on KAZI 88.7 FM. Between Heaven and Here is her third novel about an African American community of

Susan Straight

Susan Straight

families from Louisiana that came to Southern California after World War 2. In this book, Glorette, once the most beautiful and sought after girl in high school, is found dead in a shopping cart in the fictional community of Rio Seco. Straight uses multiple narrators to tell the stories of what drove the families to leave Louisiana and what struggles the younger generations face trying to survive and prosper.

Susan Straight was born and raised in Riverside, California. She teaches creative writing at the University of California, Riverside and still lives in the community where she was raised.

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