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Susan Straight Story Wins Top Honor


Susan Straight Short Story Wins O. Henry Prize

"El Ojo De Agua" also is a finalist for a National Magazine Award for fiction.

(May 24, 2007)

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Susan Straight

“El Ojo De Agua,” a short story by creative writing professor Susan Straight, was chosen for the prestigous 2007 O. Henry Prize collection and was a finalist for a National Magazine Award for fiction. It is part of a collection of stories about Louisiana and California.

Straight’s first middle-grade reader, “The Friskative Dog,” was published by Knopf in March. It is the story of a 9-year-old girl’s devotion to a stuffed animal after her father disappears.

Her most recent novel, “A Million Nightingales,” was published by Pantheon in March 2006 and was released in paperback in May 2007. It was a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller, and a finalist for the 2006 Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the 2006 Southern California Booksellers' Award.

Straight has published six novels and numerous works of short fiction, essays and articles, and has won many national awards The novel “Highwire Moon,” published in 2001, was optioned for film by Little Monument Pictures and is in development.

Her commentaries are frequently heard on National Public Radio's “All Things Considered.”

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