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Susan Straight

Straight is a recipient of the L.A. Times Book Prize’s Robert Kirsch Award for Lifetime Achievement. Born and raised in Riverside, Straight has made the region the subject of her fiction and nonfiction, and is a teacher in UC Riverside’s creative writing program. Her 2001 novel “Highwire Moon” was a finalist for the National Book Award; her honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship and Lannan Literary Prize.
On writing the things that scare us most: Stories of death and love

Susan Straight, one of The Times' critics at large, considers how horror stories stick with us and what made her want to write one.

A dazzling, devastating novel: 'Freshwater' by Akwaeke Emezi

This dazzling debut novel by Nigerian American Akwaeke Emezi, who with her sister has been featured in Vogue, is about fractured selves and has been getting lots of buzz. Critic at Large Susan Straight reviews.

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