Highwire Moon: A Novel

A viral Kindle Highwire Moon A Novel published In this story Susan Straight takes us b

A viral Kindle Highwire Moon: A Novel published 2020 In this 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 fifteen, a Mexican Indian girl d In this 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 fifteen, a 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 filled 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 BOOK JACKET.. Bestseller Books Highwire Moon: A Novel An inspired, imaginative and compassionate view of immigrant Mixtec ("a member of an American Indian people living in the Mexican states of Oaxaca, Guerrero, and Puebla")family's travails. This is a very subjective read. You're dropped into the heart-driven minds of many people, particularly a Mixtec mother and her daughter who were separated from one another by U.S. Immigration authorities when the girl was only 3. I was addicted to this book, turning pages late into the night. Amazed by the completeness and complexity of this world.
Highwire Moon A Novel Aug , A finalist for the National Book Award, Straight s Highwire Moon is a compelling story of Serafina, an illegal migrant from the Mexican State of Oaxaca, who speaks only Mixtec, a regional dialect When her daughter, Elvia, is only three years old, Serafina is involved in a car crash, after which forced to leave Elvia behind she is deported to Mexico. Highwire Moon Straight, Susan Oct , A finalist for the National Book Award, Straight s Highwire Moon is a compelling story of Serafina, an illegal migrant from the Mexican State of Oaxaca, who speaks only Mixtec, a regional dialect When her daughter, Elvia, is only three years old, Serafina is involved in a car crash, after which forced to leave Elvia behind she is deported to Mexico. Highwire Moon by Susan Straight, Paperback Barnes Noble Oct , Highwire Moon is in many ways a book about traveling Serafina s harrowing trek northward, Elvia s journey to find her mother, and Larry s restless wanderings in search of jobs and drugs How does this motif enhance the novel s themes Highwire Moon by Susan Straight Highwire Moon 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. Highwire Moon A Novel by Susan Straight , Hardcover Highwire Moon A Novel by Susan Straight An apparently unread copy in perfect condition Dust cover is intact pages are clean and are not marred by notes or folds of any kind At ThriftBooks, our motto is Read More, Spend Less. Highwire Moon Summary SuperSummary Highwire Moon is a work of realistic fiction by Susan Straight It chronicles the life of a Mexican Indian woman named Serafina who crosses the border illegally

  1. Susan Straight s newest novel is Between Heaven and Here It is the last in the Rio Seco Trilogy, which began with A Million Nightingales and Take One Candle Light a Room She has published eight novels, a novel for young readers and a children s book She has also written essays and articles for numerous national publications, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Nation and Harper s Magazine, and is a frequent contributor to NPR and Salon Her story Mines, first published in Zoetrope All Story, was included in Best American Short Stories 2003 She won a Lannan Literary Award in 2007 She won a 2008 Edgar Allan Poe Award for her short story The Golden Gopher She is a Professor at the University of California, Riverside and lives in Riverside, California.

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  1. An inspired, imaginative and compassionate view of immigrant Mixtec a member of an American Indian people living in the Mexican states of Oaxaca, Guerrero, and Puebla family s travails This is a very subjective read You re dropped into the heart driven minds of many people, particularly a Mixtec mother and her daughter who were separated from one another by U.S Immigration authorities when the girl was only 3 I was addicted to this book, turning pages late into the night Amazed by the completene [...]


  2. This book was a pleasant surprise The author gave us a solid feel of what it must be like to illegally cross the US Mex border, walk in the shoes of the immigrants, live near the border, but importantly seek one s roots This author captures the feel of looking into eyes that see you This book was pretty amazing and I m sorry to see it end We all want to know we re loved, not merely tolerated.


  3. Timely read, with the conversation going on about immigration reform The story is a heartbreaker, and even so when you re living south of the border I m living in Oaxaca right now, and I ve seen the sad quiet in the small villages, where all the men of working age have gone north to make some money They d come home, if they could.


  4. Serafina Mendez is a 15 year old illegal immigrant from Mexico She is a Mixteco, a Mexican Indian When she crosses the border, she lives with her brother in a garage She works at a place called Angeles Linen, while her brother went to work One day, the immigration come in to take away any Mexicans Larry Foley, finds her in a box and takes her home Serafina ends up getting pregnant She names her daughter Elvia Serafina and her daughter live with Larry for three years Larry ends up being abusive w [...]


  5. This book is visceral in its desire for maternal connection So many children missing their mothers and some of those mothers missing their children And then there are the mothers who disregard their children and those who are not privileged with the title of mother but who provide the love and security the children are seeking At the core of this book is the sudden separation of Serfina, a Mexican Indian woman is in the US illegally, from her 3 year old daughter Elvia Serafina spend years and fa [...]


  6. It was fascinating reading about the California desert that I grew up in from the perspective of some of the other cultures subjects who cohabit it farmworkers, day laborers, and speed freaks, to name a few the character study of contemporary pregnant teens and illegal immigrants is especially worth getting into Poignant and humbling.


  7. A weighty than usual vacation readt in the truck and go with a fierce pregnant teen, her painfully human dad, homemade speed, terrifying border crossings, flipped out wanna be shamans, and deep and endless mother love Bonus benefit to reading this I am 110% likely to buy organic produce.




  8. A realistic glimpse into the lives of Mixtec immigrants who they are, and what the dangers and hardships are when they come into the United States to work Unfortunately, I expect the situations depicted here are common than we want to admit, such as employers who defy immigration law, do not pay the workers fully, and then call the migra to avoid the immigrants demands for their pay I enjoyed this glimpse into the difficult lives of people who pick our produce, and believe firmly in immigratio [...]


  9. What a great book It is the story of a mother and daughter who are separated when the daughter is only three Serafina was an illegal Mexican immigrant who came to California from Oaxaca to work the oranges Being Mexican Indian, she is considered the lowest even by other Mexicans She was only 16 and got stranded in Rio Seco, which is Straight s fictional town based on Riverside, CA.Serafina ends up with Larry, a white man who works various construction jobs, uses speed and was raised in foster ho [...]


  10. I found this book extremely difficult to read There were a lot of hard moments for both Serafina and Elvia Due to the hard content I don t think I ll be reading it again I read books for pleasure and I don t feel comfortable with reading something that is very excruciating One of the reasons it was uncomfortable was because it reminded of a time when my mother had left me One of the moments I found hard was when Elvia was dealing with her dad and his girlfriend Oh my gosh I was just waiting for [...]


  11. An absolutely phenomenal book to put into the hands of a teenager particularly one that s pregnant but truly, any teenager, or just about anybody, period, will find a tremendous amount here that s of value And I am awed by the depth of experience and I assume research that Straight demonstrates in her writing about indigenous undocumented workers.However frustratingly, there are so many events in this book that feel like they were rushed in the writing, or in the telling, like they occur in fast [...]


  12. sad, sweet, stirring this book will wake you up to the realization that Cesar Chaves shivers in his grave It brings the true and frightening world of undocumented workers into your own you will not be able to eat lettuce again without thinking of Florencio or strawberries without noting that little green lacy crown on their heads you will buy grapes remembering Hector and eat tortillas thinking of Serafina making so many thousand golden suns and given them all away to be eaten within minutes aft [...]


  13. I was drawn to this book because the description spoke of people who desperately snuck through the night from Mexico to California looking for work, for a chance to change their lives and that of their families I was born in Texas on the Rio Grande and have memories of the farmworkers who would show up in the early morning hours looking for work on my family s farm My father gave them work and they taught him how to cook lucious Mexican food To this day I have not had salsa as good as my fathers [...]


  14. I liked this book a lot but didn t love it A Mexican immigrant comes to America at the age of 15 Lost and confused she moves in with a man and has his baby Missing home she drives to a church to pray to the Virgin Mary and leaves her sleeping child in the car Immigration catches her and sends her back to Mexico not understanding her cries of My Dotter, My Dotter She tries to cross back immediately and is brutally raped, beaten and left for dead Luckily a friend finds her and returns her to her o [...]


  15. This is a story about illegal immigrants in the United States Sarafina is illegally in the U.S and she has a 3 year old little girl, Elvia She leaves sleeping Elvia in the car when she goes into the church for a minute but instead she is picked up and deported immediately, she was trying so hard to tell them about her dodder and they thought she was saying she needed a doctor Back across into Mexico she is sent and Elvia is later put into the foster care system Sarafina is besides herself to fin [...]


  16. A finalist for the Booker Prize but really hard to get into An illegal immigrant from Mexico is deported without her daughter and then tries to return 15 years later to find her The pregnant daughter is searching for her also There is a landscape populated by desperately poor migrants moving from harvest to harvest, truckers living hand to mouth in seedy hotels, and lost children in foster homes I imagine some of my patients know what this means Most of our Mexicans have this huge family and fri [...]


  17. I really wish I could give this book a higher review, but I had a very hard time getting through it Interesting concept, about a girl and her mother trying to find each other 12 years after being separated by U.S immigration authorities.I could handle the desperate misery of the lives of itinerant workers from the U.S and Mexico, but it became very repetitive about the evils of the way the U.S Mexico border is managed A lot of the details, sadly, felt like filler I want to like Susan Strait s wo [...]


  18. More accurate rating 3.5The writing and characterizations were great, for the most part Straight does a really great job on voice each character s thoughts and actions and feelings were their own Although, it took me several chapters to care about the characters, especially Ellie and Larry.That being said, the ending was a bit underwhelming as I expected a heartfelt reunion Instead, it just felt like a cliffhanger On the other hand, I was satisfied in Ellie s eventual growth, from doubting Seraf [...]


  19. I got into this book straight away, it is interesting subject matter, and I really enjoyed it until the very last page which I didn t enjoy I found that I had to concentrate quite hard while reading it as it goes from different people s perspectives and from various times in the past and to the present, without being explicit so sometimes I had to reread a bit to understand what was happening I used to speak moderate Spanish so I enjoyed all the Spanish words thrown in to the English sentences T [...]


  20. Here s a book looking at illegal immigrants through their eyes It s a beautifully written story about a woman who hides in the trunk of a car of a priest to get over the border where she meets a kind man who takes her in and together they have a beautiful daughter When their daughter is three, the mother is taken away while trying to get into a church to pray The rest of the book is how they survived as mother and daughter looked for each other.What a lovely story What a beautifully written stor [...]


  21. I never actually finished this book because I was reading it inside the bookstore but I almost finished it I really liked it because I think the author does a good job of going inside other peoples lives and some people really do deal with lives this difficult it is really nitty gritty and seems to me really accurate If you like books that get down and dirty and real then this is really good


  22. I really like this book, but I m not able to say exactly why It s hard for me to read because it involves the loss of a child and the pain that both the mother and the child feel The language barriers make me sad Sandy Narlette is the character who redeems the book for me Her love wisdom shine thru Larry Elvia s father tries, but he just doesn t have the know how parenting a teen takes I think he finally comes to that realization.


  23. I found this a very hard book to read The author writes about a group of people who live very hard lives But she seemed to dwell on tragedy I know our immigration system is a disaster and that good people get hurt all the time But, couldn t one neighbor, teacher or social worker help this girl The only stability in her life came from her foster mother who seemed powerless to really help her Maybe I am just too much of an optimist.


  24. Third book of Ms Straight s that I have read and I have enjoyed them all Her writing is wonderful, catches and keeps one s attention and stays with you when finished Her characters are so real She must have a great ear for how people speak Will likely continue to read others I can get my hands on.


  25. I am not sure if this was a 4 star or of a 3 1 2 but it was a really good story about the experience of Mexican people who come to the U.S illegally and about a woman who is separated from her daughter against her will Also the story of that daughter and her experience both with foster care and her time living with her father.


  26. A fairly simplistic story but fascinating nonetheless I have students who write about the hard work their family does in the agricultural fields in the area so this novel gave me insight into their lives and the lives of what immigrants will do to cross the boarder and the challenges they face physically and emotionally once they arrive in California.


  27. A sad story but it features one of the most invigorating yound female characters in a long time She is a pregnant teen and she is alone, but manages to wring the best out of everyone she interacts with This story has thrills and sadness and danger but also humour and rightness Straight is an exceptional writer.


  28. Read this for my book club Liked it but didn t love it because of the depressing subject The author paints a vivid picture of the horribly hard lives of immigrants in California I found it somewhat repetitive, but that underscores the never ending struggles of illegal and legal migrant workers.


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