Indie Next ListMarch 2011
An abandoned young girl narrates this tale set in 1974 in a small Wisconsin town as it plummets and tumbles into heartbreak. 'You don't belong here,' the townspeople tell the mixed-race schoolgirl and anyone else who is not like them. Revoyr's voice vibrates with the spiritual and physical isolation - without adornment or illusion - that is reminiscent of the writings of Carson McCullers. The pacing is perfect, and Wingshooters captures fully the tragedy of personal rejection resulting from racial tension as it explores both connection and loss and the enduring bonds of family. -- James Harris, Prairie Lights Books, Iowa City, IA
In Nina Revoyr's best novel to date, the events of 1974 forever change Michelle LeBeau, her town, and her family.
About the Author
Nina Revoyr is the author of three previous novels, The Necessary Hunger, Southland, and The Age of Dreaming. Southland was a Book Sense 76 pick, won the Lambda Literary Award, and was a Los Angeles Times "Best Book” of 2003. The Age of Dreaming was a finalist for the 2008 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Revoyr is currently a visiting professor at Pitzer College and vice president of a large non-profit children’s organization. She lives in Los Angeles.
Praise for Wingshooters…
"Nina Revoyr is one of my favorite writers . . . Wingshooters is a gem of a novel--filled with beautiful language, thoughtful observations on life, deep heartache, and determined acceptance."
--Lisa See, author of Shanghai Girls
"Nina Revoyr's young protagonist and her searing, skillfully told story are unforgettable. Don't miss it."
--Marian Wright Edelman, President, Children's Defense Fund