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In this powerful, great-hearted story, Susan Straight takes us back to the multiracial area of southern California that is, in Faulkner’s 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 Straight’s ardent admirers almost a cult readership now and to find many new ones.
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Serafina is an illegal migrant worker living in California when the police catch her and send her back to Mexico-without her three-year old daughter. Twelve years later, with a pair of silver barrettes her only tangible memory of Elvia, Serafina begins a harrowing journey back across the border to find her daughter. At the same time Elvia, now fifteen and pregnant, resolves to track her mother down. They travel a landscape populated by desperately poor migrants moving from harvest to harvest, truckers living hand-to-mouth in seedy motels, and lost children in foster homes. But the memory of love inspires hope, and out of these women's losses-and their determination-Straight has crafted a deeply moving tale of the meaning of home and family.From the Back Cover:
“Her gallery of misfits reminds one of Flannery O’Connor’s–but with a dash of sympathy and human goodness.”–The Washington Post Book World
“An eye-opener of a novel, a road map to the real California. Straight turns headlines into poetry.” – The New York Times Book Review
“Packed with the kind of detail about people, places and emotions that transport the reader to a different world.” — San Francisco Chronicle
“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.” — The Baltimore Sun
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Book Description Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2001. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0618056149
Book Description Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2001. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0618056149
Book Description Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0618056149 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.0236530