2 pm | SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4
Join us for a launch party to celebrate Susan Lang's newest novel, In God's Trailer Park.
About the Book
In God’s Trailer Park is an unforgettable novel that, with tenderness and humor, depicts the nitty-gritty lives of residents of a small Mojave Desert town. The story is bursting with indelible characters: Social worker Charlotte Sall does her best to plug up holes in the dam holding back the flood of poverty miseries threatening to inundate her clients’ lives–all the while dealing with issues that arise with her own children. Recently widowed with a seven-day-old baby, Linda Farley, stubbornly persists in finding work, determined not to let a flood of bad fortune drown her and her young children. Waitress Alice Landers tries her best to protect her schizophrenic son from himself. All of these and other quietly heroic characters find themselves somehow entangled in the mysterious disappearance of a newborn belonging to one of the residents. These stories touch the hearts of readers lucky enough to pick up this novel. The diverse ways the characters face down their hardscrabble lives gives a vision of hope to us all.
Praise for the Book
“The compassionate courage vibrates on every page, making the novel sing out with hopefulness during tragic and heartbreaking times. We need Susan Lang’s vision of caring for the future.” —John Nichols, author of Milagro Beanfield War
“Lang’s characters ring with authenticity, humor and heart. In God’s Trailer Park is utterly endearing.” —Michaela Carter, Author of Further Out Than You Thought
“It’s a story with all the old virtues—strong characters involved in vivid incidents, surviving wounds and partial healings . . . I came out of the reading sorry to be finished . . .” —William Kittredge
“Susan Lang’s writing about the Mojave Desert is the Mojave–fierce, relentless, tender and filled with stories that couldn’t take place anywhere else.” —Mary Sojourner
About the Author
Susan Lang is the author of a trilogy of novels published by University of Nevada Press about a woman homesteading in the southwestern wilderness during the years 1929 to 1941. The first novel in the trilogy, Small Rocks Rising, won the 2003 Willa Award, and she was awarded a 2008 Project Grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts for her novel-in-progress, The Sawtooth Complex, now published by Oak Tree Press. Lang’s short stories and poems have been published in magazines such as Idaho Review, Red Rock Review, Iris, and The Raven Review. She founded and directed the Southwest Writers Series and Hassayampa Institute for Creative Writing at Yavapai College. Currently, Lang is Faculty Emeritus at Yavapai College, teaches courses at Prescott College, and serves as Event Coordinator at the Peregrine Book Company in Prescott, Arizona. In God’s Trailer Park is her fifth novel.