Take One Candle Light a Room

By Susan Straight
(Anchor Books, Paperback, 9780307477378, 336pp.)

Publication Date: March 13, 2012

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A WASHINGTON POST BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR

From the author of A Million Nightingales (“a writer of exceptional gifts and grace”—Joyce Carol Oates) comes a luminous new novel about the forces that tear families apart and the ties that bind them together.
 
Fantine Antoine is a travel writer, a profession that keeps her happily away from her Southern California home. When she returns to mark the fifth anniversary of the murder of her closest childhood friend, Glorette, she finds herself pulled into the tumultuous life of Glorette’s twenty-two-year-old son—and Fantine’s godson—Victor. After getting involved in a shooting, Victor has fled to New Orleans. Together with her father, Fantine follows Victor, determined to help him avoid the criminal future that he suddenly seems destined for. On this journey her father will reveal the wrenching secrets of his past, and Fantine will be compelled to question the most essential choices she’s made in her life.  




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.
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