A Novel

Book - 2011
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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 hisson'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.
Publisher: New York : Akashic Books, c2011
ISBN: 9781936070718
Characteristics: 250 p. ; 21 cm


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Sep 05, 2014

Raised in Wisconsin, I decided to read this book. I was stunned at how much I enjoyed it.
Since I was raised during the integration of schools although I went to a parochial school, it was such a perceptive story.
I wept at the end.

I want to read more of her books.

debwalker May 31, 2011

Winner of the Indie Booksellers Choice Awards.

What makes a person hate? That question is central to Nina Revoyr's fourth novel, which is set in a small central Wisconsin town circa 1974. The story is narrated by young Michelle "Mikey" LeBeau, a half-Japanese outsider being raised by her bookish grandmother and her good-old-boy grandfather Charlie. Though Charlie was unhappy with his son's mixed marriage and only reluctantly took Mikey on, he's bonded with her over their shared love of the outdoors and Charlie's retired hunting dog Brett. The antipathy of the town towards Mikey, however, is nothing compared to the hatred that bubbles up with an African American couple moves to town, with the center of hatred coming from Charlie's good friend, Earl Watson, the local gun shop owner. Revoyr sure can tell a story, and though there's not a lot of gray area in her book's moral universe, Charlie LeBeau winds up being a fascinatingly tortured character.


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