In the Press
“Wyss offers nuanced takes on vastly different corners of Africa, transcending travelogue to achieve resonant narratives—sometimes funny, sometimes stark—with both grit and heart.”
— Publisher’s Weekly
“[Wyss] beautifully and effortlessly captures the essence of human connection, demonstrating that despite the cultural and personal differences that separate individuals, we are often related by common threads.”
— Library Journal
“Wyss dispels the vague Western concept of Africa as a monolith, a continent teeming with poverty, disease, and relentless civil unrest; instead, she depicts its quotidian ebb and flow….[and] successfully transmutes personal experience into affecting fiction.”
— Urbanite Magazine
Susi Wyss is the author of a novel in stories, The Civilized World, which draws from her experiences in Africa—in Côte d’Ivoire during part of her childhood and in about a dozen African countries for her 20-year career in international health. The Civilized World received the Maria Thomas Fiction Award and was named “A Book to Pick Up Now” by O, the Oprah Magazine. Susi’s writing has also been recognized by awards from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. She has a master’s degree in fiction writing from Johns Hopkins University, and lives outside of Washington, D.C. Currently, in addition to working on a second novel, she writes and edits for Jhpiego, a Baltimore-based international health organization, and facilitates writing for healing workshops at the D.C. Rape Crisis Center and the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts. She also reviews novels with African settings for the Washington Independent Review of Books.