From National Book Award finalist Susan Straight comes a haunting historical novel about a Louisiana slave girl's perilous journey to freedom.Daughter of an African mother and a white father she never knew, Moinette is a house maid on a plantation south of New Orleans. At fourteen she is sold, separated from her mother without a chance to say goodbye. Bright, imaginative and well aware of everything she risks, Moinette at once begins to prepare for an opportunity to escape. Inspired by a true story, A Million Nightingales portrays Moinette’s experience–and the treacherous world she must navigate–with uncommon richness, intricacy, and drama.
About the Author
Susan Straight has published eight novels. Her most recent, "Between Heaven and Here", is the final book in the Rio Seco trilogy. "Take One Candle Light a Room" was named one of the best books of 2010 by the "Washington Post", "Los Angeles Times", and "Kirkus Reviews", and "A Million Nightingales" was a finalist for the 2006 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her novel "Highwire Moon" was a finalist for the 2001 National Book Award. The Golden Gopher won the 2008 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Story. Her stories and essays have appeared in the "New York Times", "Los Angeles Times", "Salon", "Harper s", "McSweeney s Quarterly Concern", the "Believer", "Zoetrope: All-Story", "Black Clock", and elsewhere. Straight has been awarded the Lannan Prize for Fiction, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Gold Medal for Fiction from the Commonwealth Club of California. She is distinguished professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside. She was born in Riverside, California, where she lives with her family, whose history is featured on susanstraight.com.
“Powerful and moving. . . . Written in language so beautiful you can almost believe the words themselves are capable of salving history's wounds.”—The New York Times Book Review“Radiant. . . . Unforgettable, a classic haunting story of love, tragedy and perseverance.”—The Miami Herald“Moving. . . . Lush passages drip like Spanish moss from Straight's proseÉ[she] writes with nuance and insinuating grace.”—The Seattle Times“Intelligent and heartbreaking. . . . Celebrates the individual's power to create a personal freedom within the most rigid social order.”—The Portland Oregonian