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Picador Mecca


By Susan Straight


Publication Date: March 14, 2023

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“A masterpiece.” —Michael Connelly

“A heartbreaker from beginning to end.” —Viet Thanh Nguyen

“A hymn to all who have called the Golden State home.” —Walter Mosley

Johnny Frías has California in his blood. A descendant of the state’s indigenous people and Mexican settlers, he has Southern California’s forgotten towns and canyons in his soul. He spends his days as a highway patrolman pulling over speeders, ignoring their racist insults, and pushing past the trauma of his rookie year, when he killed a man assaulting a young woman named Bunny, who ran from the scene, leaving Johnny without a witness. But like the Santa Ana winds that every year bring the risk of fire, Johnny’s moment of action twenty years ago sparked a slow-burning chain of connections that unites a vibrant, complex cast of characters in ways they never see coming.

In Mecca, the celebrated novelist Susan Straight crafts an unforgettable American epic, examining race, history, family, and destiny through the interlocking stories of a group of native Californians all gasping for air. With sensitivity, furor, and a cinematic scope that captures California in all its injustice, history, and glory, she tells a story of the American West through the eyes of the people who built it—and continue to sustain it. As the stakes get higher and the intertwined characters in Mecca slam against barrier after barrier, they find that when push comes to shove, it’s always better to push back.

About the Author

Susan Straight is the author of eight novels, including the national bestseller Highwire Moon, a finalist for the National Book Award, as well as the memoir In the Country of Women, named a best book of 2019 by NPR. Her stories and essays have been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Guardian, Granta, Harper’s Magazine, and other publications. She lives with her family in Riverside, California, where she is a Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside.

Format: Trade Paperback

Length: 384 pages

Publisher: Picador

Publication Date: March 14, 2023

ISBN: 9781250863072

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