American Experience 737 – with Susan Straight

We were thrilled to host writer Susan Straight in The Betsy Writer’s Room as an artist in residence.
She sent us an update recently, so we’re sharing her work:
A big literary map of the US, featuring all regional fiction, to remind the nation that we are not red or blue states. It’s the first map of this kind. Lots of great Florida titles! We thought you’d like it too!
Here’s an excerpt: (from the accompanying essay … )
This is a map of what I read, what changed my life, from the time I was three until yesterday, when I added one more book. It contains only fiction: novels and novellas and
story collections. For each author, I chose one book I believed represented a specific region. Some of these authors wrote one book, and some wrote hundreds; some wrote books set in many locations, and some writers among my favorites wrote collections with
no particular geographic heart, or their best-known books were road trip novels or stories set in so many places that one could not be chosen as the soul. (That’s the next map, perhaps – the Road Trip.)
The accompanying essay was published by Granta.
Read the whole thing HERE.

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