Wingshooters by Nina Revoyr

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"Revoyr does a remarkable job of conveying [protagonist] Michelle’s lost innocence and fear through this accomplished story of family and the dangers of complacency in the face of questionable justice."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Revoyr's fourth novel is a coming-of-age saga in which racism cuts across loyalties between family and friends . . . Gripping and insightful."
--Kirkus Reviews

Michelle LeBeau, the child of a white American father and a Japanese mother, lives with her grandparents in Deerhorn, Wisconsin--a small town that had been entirely white before her arrival. Rejected and bullied, Michelle spends her time reading, avoiding fights, and roaming the countryside with her dog Brett. She idolizes her grandfather, Charlie LeBeau, an expert hunter and former minor league baseball player who is one of the town's most respected men. Charlie strongly disapproves of his son's marriage to Michelle's mother but dotes on his only grandchild.

This fragile peace is threatened when the expansion of the local clinic leads to the arrival of the Garretts, a young black couple from Chicago. The Garretts' presence deeply upsets most of the residents of Deerhorn--when Mr. Garrett makes a controversial accusation against one of the town leaders, who is also Charlie LeBeau's best friend.

In the tradition of To Kill a Mockingbird, A River Runs Through It, and Snow Falling on Cedars, Revoyr's new novel examines the effects of change on a small, isolated town, the strengths and limits of community, and the sometimes conflicting loyalties of family and justice. Set in the expansive countryside of Central Wisconsin, against the backdrop of Vietnam and the post-civil rights era, Wingshooters explores both connection and loss as well as the complex but enduring bonds of family.
 

About Nina Revoyr

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Nina Revoyr was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and a white American father, and grew up in Tokyo, Wisconsin, and Los Angeles. She is the author of three novels. Nina has been an Associate Faculty member at Antioch University, a Visiting Professor at Cornell University, and the Remsen Bird Visiting Writer at Occidental College. She has also worked for more than a decade in the fields of child welfare and public education. Nina lives in Los Angeles with her English Springer Spaniel, Russell.
 
Published February 8, 2011 by Akashic Books. 261 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Kirkus Reviews

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Told from the viewpoint of an adult Michelle, the novel rings with insight about the world of adults, even while it simultaneously portrays young Michelle authentically.

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Los Angeles Times

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The novel "Wingshooters" is a searing, anguished novel about racial bigotry in a small, insulated Wisconsin town named Deerhorn, where people who were born there tend not to leave.

Apr 25 2011 | Read Full Review of Wingshooters

Historical Novel Society

Things aren’t easy for a biracial child in 1974, but Charlie, Michelle’s beloved grandfather, looks past his own deep-seated racism when it comes to his non-white granddaughter.

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Bookmarks Magazine

The Garretts' presence deeply upsets most of the residents of Deerhorn--when Mr. Garrett makes a controversial accusation against one of the town leaders, who is also Charlie LeBeau's best friend.

In the tradition of To Kill a Mockingbird, A River Runs Through It, and Snow Fallin...

Mar 27 2011 | Read Full Review of Wingshooters

Lambda Literary

Michelle LeBeau, the daughter of a white American man and a Japanese woman, is the protagonist and narrator of Wingshooters (24th Lambda Literary Award finalist).

May 02 2012 | Read Full Review of Wingshooters

Live Journal

On the one hand, there is the young girl, Michelle LeBeau, who experiences all of the events in the novel, but there is also the backward looking Michelle LeBeau, who might be seen to revise and perhaps color the narration through her adult-perspective.

May 06 2011 | Read Full Review of Wingshooters

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