Earthquake, with its visually acute, roguish, and intimate reflections of a girl’s childhood spent in Alaska and outside of Boston, is a novella in three parts. It is a tiny, humane and quietly humorous tale of a thoroughly unconventional girlhood. Barnes writes in an unaffected style. She is a master of candor and subtlety. Susan Barnes is a painter who lives and works near Portland, Maine. Her artwork is in the permanent collections of several museums in the United States. One of her paintings was selected by Robert Creeley for the cover of one of his poetry chapbooks.