In the Country of Women

In the Country of Women

In inland Southern California, near the desert and the Mexican border, Susan Straight, a white self-proclaimed book nerd, and Dwayne Sims, an African American basketball player, started dating in high school. After college, they married and drove to Amherst, Massachusetts, where Straight met her teacher and mentor, James Baldwin, who encouraged her to write. Once back in...

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Title:In the Country of Women
Author:Susan Straight
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In the Country of Women Reviews

  • Catapult
    In the Country of Women is a valuable social history and a personal narrative that reads like a love song to America and the nation's indomitable women, written by National Book Award finalist and Guggenheim Fellow Susan Straight. ...
  • gwayle
    This was a wonderful read, at the intersection of so many things I love: sprawling multigenerational stories; history, especially women's history; mother and daughter stories; and stories with strong senses of place. Novelist Susan Straight, herself white, has three daughters by her African American...
  • Rachel Watkins
    Susan Straight's memoir traces the immigration and history of the women who came before her three daughters. A moving tribute to ancestors, IN THE COUNTRY OF WOMEN is a book about resilience and love that beautifully celebrates the American immigrant story. This book touched me deeply....
  • Janet
    Susan Straight is one of the best things ever to come out of California writing, author of nine remarkable novels including A Million Nightingales, Between Heaven and Here, The Gettin Place, and Highwire Moon, a finalist for the National Book Award. Most of them deal with her tough patch of emotiona...
  • Cherise Wolas
    An extraordinary memoir about migration, forced and otherwise, about a place, Riverside, California, about race, black, white, and everything else, about the melting pot we each are individually, and as a clan, about family and families, about slavery, violence, love, poverty, the indomitable spirit...
  • Susanne
    In the early 1990's when I was a stay-at-home mother riding herd on four young kids I stumbled upon a remarkable novel called "I Been in Sorrow's Kitchen and Licked Out All the Pots" -- it was a revelation to me, a look into a different time and place and a whole different experience of childrearing...
  • Brina
    Last night I allowed each of my daughters to have a sleepover. It’s the first time I’ve had all three have a friend over at the same time, and the house was full of girls of assorted ages. All weekend I have girls in and out of the house, and I joke to my husband that our house is the Gran...
  • Bobby  Title
    I found this a very interesting book, but feel it definitely was written for her family, not so much for the reading public. I am a genealogist and a reader, and I found myself having to push through not understanding who it was in the family being talked about. The myriad of folks were in and out o...

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