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Highwire Moon

Straight, Susan

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ISBN 10: 0618056149 / ISBN 13: 9780618056149
Published by Houghton Mifflin, 2001
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First Edition (first printing). The fourth novel by the author of I BEEN IN SORROW'S KITCHEN AND LICKED OUT ALL THE POTS, the story of an illegal Mexican-Indian girl in the multiracial area of Southern California. Nominated for the National Book Award. Fine/Fine. Signed by Straight on the title page. Bookseller Inventory # 4776

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Title: Highwire Moon

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition.

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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.

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