A Novel

Book - 2011
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Michelle LeBeau, the child of a white American father and a Japanese mother, lives with her grandparents in Deerfield, 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. In the tradition of To Kill a Mockingbird (Arrow, 2010), Revoyr's new novel examines the effects of change on a small, isolated town, the strengths and limits of a community and the sometimes conflicting loyalties of family and justice.
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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