Aquaboogie by Susan Straight
A Novel in Stories (Milkweed National Fiction Prize)

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Susan Straight’s exquisite debut: A collection of short fiction about a hardscrabble town whose inhabitants try to reconcile their old ways with some disconcerting new ones  
These fourteen interconnected stories take place in Rio Seco, a fictional city in California based on the author’s hometown of Riverside. With its fire-prone mountains, palm trees, and pig farms, the languid pace of life in Rio Seco has the distinct air of the South, and indeed many of the town’s older residents hail from Mississippi. But despite a vibrant sense of community, both old and young are hemmed in by poverty and strife. Young people struggle to survive shootings, siblings are lost to cigarettes laced with embalming fluid, and older relatives are pushed out of their homes to make way for development. With exemplary compassion, Straight brings these characters’ stories to searing life.  
 

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Novelist and short story writer Susan Straight graduated from Amherst College in 1984. She teaches Creative Writing at the University of California in Riverside. Aquaboogie, her first collection of short stories, won the Milkweed National Fiction Prize and was one of Publishers Weekly's best paperbacks (1990). I Been in Sorrow's Kitchen and Licked Out All the Pots was named one of 1992's best novels by both Publishers Weekly and USA Today. It was also a New York Times Notable Book.
 
Published August 6, 2013 by Open Road Media. 196 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Most of all, Straight fights stereotype by showing her characters hard at work: Nacho (""Aquaboogie"") deals with constant insults while working as a janitor to pay for a college art course;

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An astute, bracing debut short-fiction collection by a white woman residing in a largely black neighborhood in Riverside, Calif., this sings of the brief happy moments and ever-looming tragedies and d

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An astute, bracing debut short-fiction collection by a white woman residing in a largely black neighborhood in Riverside, Calif., this sings of the brief happy moments and ever-looming tragedies and defeats in the lives of discretely voiced blacks chorusing here in dialect.

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