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by Susan Straight

  • Author: Susan Straight
  • ISBN: 091594359X
  • ISBN13: 978-0915943593
  • ePub: 1257 kb | FB2: 1614 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Social Sciences
  • Publisher: Milkweed Editions; Reissue edition (January 11, 1993)
  • Pages: 196
  • Rating: 4.9/5
  • Votes: 131
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Aquaboogie: A Novel in Stories (Milkweed National Fiction Prize) ePub download

Release Date: April 2007.

Full of defiance and tenderness, Aquaboogie chronicles the triumphs and tragedies of the residents of Rio Seco. In "Aquaboogie," art student Nacho finances his class out East by working as a janitor, subject to torment by his white coworkers. Release Date: April 2007.

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Susan Straight (born October 19, 1960) is an American writer. She was a National Book Award finalist for the novel Highwire Moon in 2001. Susan Straight attended John W. North High School in Riverside, California and took classes at Riverside Community College while in high school. She went on to earn a scholarship to the University of Southern California and, in 1984, earned her . from the University of Massachusetts Amherst's MFA Program for Poets & Writers.

Susan Straight has published eight novels. Her most recent, Between Heaven and Here, is the final book in the Rio Seco trilogy.

Nestled among the palm trees and pig farms of Southern California, the sleepy city of Rio Seco might be confused for an abandoned backlot to the nearby glitz of Hollywood. Susan Straight has published eight novels.

Susan Straight grabs your hand and pulls you right into her Rio Seco world with this novel. I believe this was her first book and it is a clever concept. It can be a challenging read, since she introduces you not through a sustained narrative of one character-how could she with a community so rich and varied? Instead, she lets you see through the eyes of various souls who live this world.

Paperback, 196 pages. Author(s): Susan Straight (Goodreads Author), . Scholes (Illustrator). ISBN: 091594359X (ISBN13: 9780915943593).

Aquaboogie: A Novel in Stories (1990) (Milkweed National Fiction Prize)

Aquaboogie: A Novel in Stories (1990) (Milkweed National Fiction Prize). In the Country of Women is the astonishingly beautiful story of a life and family history that could only happen in California, just as California is a place (and an idea-of expansion, light, color, a meeting of bloodlines and cultures) that could only happen in America. Attica Locke, author of Bluebird, Bluebird.

Milkweed National Fiction Prize. Flag as Inappropriate. Milkweed combined forces with Minnesota Center for Book Arts and the Loft Literary Center to purchase an old warehouse in downtown Minneapolis to house each organization. They named the warehouse the Open Book. The prizes are awarded for the best general fiction and for the best fiction for middle-grade readers, ages 8 to 13, by a writer not previously published by Milkweed.

Aquaboogie: A Novel in Stories (1990), winner of the Milkweed National Fiction Prize, introduced readers to Rio Seco’s Westside, a ghetto whose residents speak a black patois as redolent as barbecue and gumbo

Aquaboogie: A Novel in Stories (1990), winner of the Milkweed National Fiction Prize, introduced readers to Rio Seco’s Westside, a ghetto whose residents speak a black patois as redolent as barbecue and gumbo. I Been in Sorrow’s Kitchen and Licked Out All the Pots (1992), a much-praised novel spiced with other varieties of the patois, took a Gullah woman from South Carolina’s Lowcountry to the Westside. Blacker than a Thousand Midnights, featuring more of the rich patois, resumes the Westside saga (including previous characters) by examining the situation of the black male.

Straight writes with tenderness and insight about the lives of people from the Westside, a black neighborhood in a large southern California city--but it isn't the California everyone knows or thinks they know.
Shazel
Susan Straight grabs your hand and pulls you right into her Rio Seco world with this novel. It can be a challenging read, since she introduces you not through a sustained narrative of one character--how could she with a community so rich and varied? Instead, she lets you see through the eyes of various souls who live this world. This book is sometimes called a short-story collection, and it can be read and appreciated that way, but as I was reading the book I kept thinking of William Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying," where an experience is related through the voices of the different family members chapter by chapter. In Aquaboogie, we get different voices telling different experiences that, woven together, immerse us in a rich and real world we just don't get to see and know otherwise.
September
Susan Straight has a unique perspective on the Southern California desert city experience and the marginalized people who make up her aspiring and/or broken characters and their families and friends. These short stories, some of which introduce later characters, are a good introduction to her fine sense of place and careful, caring drawing of her people. She is an author I read over and over and I always look forward to her latest.
TheSuspect
If I could, I'd give this book 3.5 stars. Susan Straight is a skilled writer - I ordered this book after reading a short story in "The Sun" magazine. I believe this was her first book and it is a clever concept. She links characters, across three generations, in short stories who are related by blood or friendship, all black. I felt pretty ignorant as I learned about institutionalized racism and how it shapes people, their decisions and who they become. It was not always inspired reading, but there are some gems in her words and characters. It is a good book.
Ce
Mystified by her reputation after reading the book. I found it a chore to read. But that is only my opinion and I ma not an English professor or a writer.
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