My friend and colleague Susan Straight received a glowing review in this Sunday's New York Times (now, the question is, will I still steal the NY Times Book Review this weekend after already reading it online? Hmmm...) for her new novel A Million Nightingales. Susan's last novel, Highwire Moon, was a finalist for the National Book Award which eventually went to The Corrections, and, if this review is any indication, a second nomination may be in the offing. Here's a snippet of the review:
"A Million Nightingales" joins a growing literature on the mixed-race experience in America, from Danzy Senna's picaresque "Caucasia" to Zadie Smith's "On Beauty." Straight has given this body of work a historical foundation, a point of reference in the past. But her novel is, besides, a powerful and moving story, written in language so beautiful you can almost believe the words themselves are capable of salving history's wounds.
For those in and around Palm Springs, Susan will be reading on the campus of UCR-Palm Desert on April 14th.