No Words Wasted Sale
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Visit our stores


    Recently Viewed clear list


    Original Essays | January 19, 2015

    Emma Hooper: IMG From Musician to Novelist



    I was asleep on the floor of the magicians' apartment. Not one, but three magicians lived there, and their mysterious, mischievous, and sometimes... Continue »
    1. $18.20 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

    spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$8.95
Used Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Burnside Literature- A to Z

Highwire Moon

by

Highwire Moon Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

In this powerful, great-hearted story, Susan Straight takes us back to the multiracial area of southern California that is, in Faulkners phrase, her “postage stamp of soil.” As in her highly acclaimed earlier novels, she has created a world of richly imagined characters struggling to retain their dignity and humanity in an often brutal environment. Serafina is a young Mexican Indian girl desperate to leave her impoverished existence in Oaxaca. Emigrating illegally to California, adrift on her own, she becomes involved with Larry Foley, a feckless trucker and occasional speed freak. When a baby daughter, Elvia, is born, Serafina cares for her tenderly until the day she is forcibly separated from her child and deported. Elvia, who has known nothing but sheltering love, is thrust into foster care. Eventually reclaimed by her father, she shares his chaotic life until she becomes pregnant at fifteen. In a frenzy of fear and despair, she is Tlled with an overwhelming need to find her mother. Her quest leads her into the world of migrant farm labor, where bitter toil, violence, and sexual predation make clear how little has changed since the Joad family harvested the grapes of wrath. With unfailing compassion and profound emotional truth, HIGHWIRE MOON takes us into a hidden universe of love, pain, and stubborn hope. It is sure to appeal to Susan Straights ardent admirers — almost a cult readership now — and to find many new ones.

Synopsis:

In this powerful story, Straight shows how little has changed since the Joad family harvested the grapes of wrath. When Serafina, a young Mexican Indian girl, is forcibly separated from her child and deported, young Elvia is thrust into foster care. Eventually reclaimed by her feckless truck-driving father, she gets pregnant at 15 and enters the world of migrant farm labor as she searches for her mother.

About the Author

Susan Straight is the author of three novels, including I Been in Sorrow's Kitchen and Licked Out All the Pots, and a collection of stories, Aquaboogie. Her work has won numerous awards, among them a Guggenheim fellowship and a Lannan Foundation grant. She teaches creative writing at the University of California, Riverside, and is the mother of three young daughters.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780618056149
Author:
Straight, Susan
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Location:
Boston
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
California
Subject:
Mothers and daughters
Subject:
Migrant agricultural laborers
Subject:
Illegal aliens
Subject:
Birthmothers
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Teenage pregnancy
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
no. 9
Publication Date:
August 2001
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 x 0.81 in 1.1 lb

Other books you might like

  1. Tomas & the Library Lady New Trade Paper $7.99
  2. Coyotes: A Journey Through the...
    Used Trade Paper $6.95
  3. Barefoot Heart: Stories of a Migrant...
    Used Trade Paper $9.95
  4. Amelia's Road Used Trade Paper $6.00
  5. La Mariposa / The Butterfly Used Trade Paper $5.00
  6. Calling the Doves Used Trade Paper $4.95

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z

Highwire Moon Used Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$8.95 In Stock
Product details 320 pages Houghton Mifflin Company - English 9780618056149 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In this powerful story, Straight shows how little has changed since the Joad family harvested the grapes of wrath. When Serafina, a young Mexican Indian girl, is forcibly separated from her child and deported, young Elvia is thrust into foster care. Eventually reclaimed by her feckless truck-driving father, she gets pregnant at 15 and enters the world of migrant farm labor as she searches for her mother.
spacer
spacer
  • back to top

FOLLOW US ON...

     
Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.