Susan Straight has published eight novels and two books for children. Her stories and essays have appeared in The O. Henry Prize Stories, Best American Short Stories, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Harper’s Magazine, McSweeney’s, The Believer, Salon, Zoetrope, Black Clock, and elsewhere. She was born in Riverside, California, wher she teaches writing; her work can be found at susanstraight.com.
There are six sisters in this story, and one brother, all educated in a one-room schoolhouse, eighty children and one teacher. It’s a story that comes from slavery, which Americans don’t like to talk about any more.