Maracaibo Oil Brat

Maracaibo Oil Brat: Book Two

Susan McClurg’s Maracaibo life improves with the long-awaited installation of a teen-essential telephone in the McClurg apartment. As her command of Spanish progresses, Susan frequently serves as the family interpreter.  Her social life expands when she is forced to join the Teen Club which she insists is for “cool” kids only. Too tall, too thin Susan knows she certainly does not qualify as cool. When the family membership for the Creole Club is finally granted, Susan enjoys swimming in the pool during the weekends, and watching open-air movies three nights a week. With her teenage hormones fueled by the tropical Maracaibo backdrop, Susan learns that not all boys are cootie-infested morons. Some are even… fascinating.


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Interview With Susan McClurg Berman

Maracaibo Oil Brat author Susan Berman was interviewed by the Writers On the Journey Blog—read the interview here.

Speaking About Writing

Maracaibo Oil Brat author Susan Berman will be speaking about writing at The Kensington, a senior community, in Walnut Creek on August 22 from 6 - 8 pm.

Maracaibo Oil Brat: Book One

When Susan McClurg’s parents accept a job transfer in 1957, Susan is plucked out of her familiar and routine existence in Orange, Texas and plunked down in always-hot oil-rich Maracaibo, Venezuela. While too tall, preteen Susan struggles to make new friends at her American school, she comes to grips with life in a country peppered with revolutions, strikes and mandatory curfews. When Pat, Susan’s older sister, flies to Maracaibo for her summer break from college, the naïve McClurg family takes trips to Colombia and Caracas.