Take One Candle Light a Room by Susan Straight
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A WASHINGTON POST BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR

From the author of A Million Nightingales (“a writer of exceptional gifts and grace”—Joyce Carol Oates) comes a luminous new novel about the forces that tear families apart and the ties that bind them together.
 
Fantine Antoine is a travel writer, a profession that keeps her happily away from her Southern California home. When she returns to mark the fifth anniversary of the murder of her closest childhood friend, Glorette, she finds herself pulled into the tumultuous life of Glorette’s twenty-two-year-old son—and Fantine’s godson—Victor. After getting involved in a shooting, Victor has fled to New Orleans. Together with her father, Fantine follows Victor, determined to help him avoid the criminal future that he suddenly seems destined for. On this journey her father will reveal the wrenching secrets of his past, and Fantine will be compelled to question the most essential choices she’s made in her life.  

 

About Susan Straight

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Susan Straight's new novel, Between Heaven and Here, is the final book in the Rio Seco trilogy. Take One Candle Light a Room was named one of the best novels of 2010 by The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times and Kirkus, and A Million Nightingales was a 2006 Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her novel Highwire Moon was a Finalist for the 2001 National Book Award. Her short story "The Golden Gopher" won the 2008 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Story. She has published stories and essays in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Harpers, McSweeney's, The Believer, Salon, Zoetrope, Black Clock, and elsewhere. She is Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at UCRiverside. She was born in Riverside, California, where she lives with her family, whose history is featured on susanstraight.com.
 
Published October 12, 2010 by Anchor. 337 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Fantine feels she’s failed Victor, just as she’s alienated the tightly knit Rio Seco community by getting an education and moving into the wider world.

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What’s crazy isn’t that Victor — a toddler left for hours alone on an apartment balcony, a teenager who slept in his shoes so they wouldn’t be stolen by crack addicts — might flash his scars.

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Los Angeles Times

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Susan Straight's new novel continues her examination of life well east of Los Angeles, and the pull the people and places there continue have even for those who leave.

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Bookmarks Magazine

For Fantine, finding Victor could offer them both a way to face the past and decide between different futures.

Powerful and moving, Take One Candle Light a Room illuminates the intricacies of human connection and the ways in which we find a place for ourselves within our families a...

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