Highwire Moon by Susan Straight

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With a new introduction by the author
Finalist for the National Book Award: The story of a young mother deported and separated from her child, and the pair’s efforts to locate each other years later
Highwire Moon
narrates the journeys of a young mother and daughter divided. Serafina is a Mexican-Indian scraping by in Southern California; detained by immigration officials, she tragically lacks the English to tell them that Elvia, her three-year-old, is resting in a nearby car. After her deportation, Serafina tries in vain to return to the States, while Elvia must survive several foster homes, later to be reclaimed by her father. By the time Elvia is fifteen, she’s pregnant and surrounded by drugs. She decides to find her mother across the border—at the very same time that Serafina goes in search of herHighwire Moon is gritty and affecting, a family saga that couldn’t be of more relevance today.   

About Susan Straight

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Susan Straight is the author of three novels, including I Been in Sorrow's Kitchen and Licked Out All the Pots, and a collection of stories, Aquaboogie. Her work has won numerous awards, among them a Guggenheim fellowship and a Lannan Foundation grant. She teaches creative writing at the University of California, Riverside, and is the mother of three young daughters.
Published August 6, 2013 by Open Road Media. 332 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Straight (I Been in Sorrow’s Kitchen and Licked Out All the Pots, 1992, etc.) paints a bleak yet not hopeless landscape as a young girl and her mother, separated by happenstance 12 years earlier, search for each other among the down-and-out of southern California.

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Elvia's father, Larry Foley, a third-generation migrant, grandson of Dust Bowl farmers, is the most complex and convincing character in the novel.

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The novel relies on some hard-to-swallow plot points: it's difficult to believe that Serafina could have stayed away so long, or that she and Elvia would set out to look for each other at the exact same time.

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