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Between Heaven and Here Hardcover – September 12, 2012
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Intrusion: A Novel
A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives. Learn More
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"Susan Straight finds LA’s secret heart in Between Heaven and Here and with a sleight of hand only the masters have, she creates an alley, a neighborhood, a history that is as rich and tragic as any Shakespearean tale."
"Straight employs glorious language and a riveting eye for detail to create a fully realized, totally believable world."
Kirkus (Starred Review)
"Straight plunges readers into a whirlwind of dialects, drugs, derelict homes, and delinquent locals as she weaves together the story of Glorette's life and death, while addressing weighty and timely issues like race, language, and the socioeconomically disenfranchised. Straight deftly avoids clichés and easy outs, and her refusal to vilify or sanctify the numerous members of her cast allows the experiences of each to resonate powerfully."
Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"Despite the tragedies that befall them, Straight’s characters still recognize the splendor of the natural world, from the pepper trees behind the taqueria to the orange blossoms in the alley scenting the midnight air. . . Straight’s group portrait of this community ought to be recognized as a national artistic treasure. Her focus on this singular place magnifies the hopes and disappointments of so many Americans, so many humans on earth."The Boston Globe
"And yet, in a novel set in a world in which people are too often stripped of dignity, Straight has accomplished the larger act of ennobling her characters. She sees them clearly and gives them a striking presence on the page."The New York Times
"Straight, a 2001 National Book Award finalist for Highwire Moon, has the ability to create straightforward contemporary voices, no pun intended. She does not subscribe to the maximalist school of over-the-top characters, yet she can still dramatize the complex, jagged nature of American culture today."
The Daily Beast
"Susan Straight has remarkable range as a writer. Her voice can be elegant in the rhythms and vocabulary of her narrative, yet also blunt and raw in dialogue... Her work is so intensely alive in its movement, action, and in the speech of her characters that reading it is almost like being caught in the center of a storm: exhausting but exhilarating at the same time."
"How can a novel that is essentially the story of a dead prostitute prove so uplifting? It must be some kind of black magic that only Susan Straight can work . . . And by the end of this gorgeous and heart-wrenching novel, this family will be your people, too."
The Dallas Morning News
"Straight’s writing pulls the reader into a world that is both surreal and yet inescapably concrete, ugly and beautiful all at once. She binds the multifaceted perspectives together into a narrative that is fragmented but still very much whole."BUSTLE
Top Customer Reviews
Rather than leaving Glorette to the indifference of law enforcement (and the arbitrary label, NHI: no human involved), Sidney enlists the help of others to quietly deliver the dead girl to Sarrat, that her father and uncle might bury her with dignity. As Glorette is deposited on her uncle Enrique's couch late at night, his wife Marie-Claire holding vigil with the departed, the men carry out the logistics of burial, everyone caught by the powerful cycle of memories evoked by Glorette's passing. With delicacy and compassion, Straight shares the ruminations of men and women alike, the gnarled history of the family in Louisiana, the remaking of the homeplace in the groves of California, the threads of the past bound inextricably with the present.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An excellent view of both Riverside citrus history and the relationship between blacks and Hispanics. Susan Straight hit this one out of the park!!Published 11 months ago by Vicky Tuey
I had a hard time following the characters. Maybe if I had read the other books in the series, it would have been easier.Published 15 months ago by imbernj
Always enjoy the works of Susan Straight. This was no exception.
I always enjoy the works of Susan Straight, and this was no exception. Read more
Just got it and haven't read it yet. But I've read other stories by Susan Straight and think she's an amazing writer and story-teller. So, I can't wait to read it.Published on November 25, 2013 by Janelle Sue Anderson
Susan Straight can do no wrong with her writing, and I hate to see this particular series end; but I'll read whatever she cares to compose.Published on June 24, 2013 by carol carnahan
I actually live in "Rio Seco" and I am totally blown away by Susan Straight's ability to capture the city, plus how quickly I care very much about her characters.Published on June 20, 2013 by Kindle Customer
Straight takes readers to another place. When you finish her books you feel as if you've met a whole new group of people. Her observations and descriptions are unique and real.Published on March 13, 2013 by T. Swan