Susan Straight is a Riverside, California, native who proudly still works and lives in her hometown. Highwire Moon was her fifth book, and it was a finalist for the National Book Award.
One reviewer described Straight this way:
One of America’s gutsiest writers … a polyglot with an astonishing ear for how people really talk in places we hardly remember they are living.
Here’s Straight doing a guerrilla reading from Highwire Moon at Tia Chucha’s 6th Annual Celebrating Words Festival.