[a Novel]

Book - 2011
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Michelle LeBeau and her white-Japanese family are forever changed when a black family moves into her all-white town in 1974.
Publisher: New York : Akashic Books, c2011
ISBN: 9781936070718
Branch Call Number: F REV NVD
Characteristics: 250 p. ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Wing shooters


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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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