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Southland Paperback – Large Print, January 1, 2003
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Nina was born in Tokyo and raised in Japan, Wisconsin, and Los Angeles, where she currently lives. She is an avid hiker, Green Bay Packers fan, Lakers fan, and lover of baseball (especially the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Really, that's their name.) She also loves dogs. A lot. When not writing or working, she is usually busy chasing around her English Springer Spaniel, Russell, or her Border Collie, Ariat.
Top Customer Reviews
I love the LA noir genre of detective fiction. This is very different, and offers far more insight into WHY LA is as it is. It takes us to other parts of LA - the more middleclass areas of West LA (where I was staying), for example.
This book is a riveting story, and it deftly juggles the historical context and so achieves so much 'explanation' and 'history' in a naturalistic way.
It also, most importantly of all, offers hope (which, by contrast, noir fiction rarely does)
I like Nina Revoyr's writing, I do not at all understand those who brush it off with comments like "trite," "mediocre" and "unrealistic." Having lived through that particular period in our history, I found the book very realistic. I hope Nina Revoyr keeps writing so that I can enjoy more of what she does. I couldn't put this book down.
If you care about LA - you'll care about this story - more importantly, you'll see the truth in it.
As far as the first reviewer goes - it hardly mattered to the arc of the tale whether or not Jackie was queer or not - but it added a genuine personal dimension (without force or artifice) that I totally appreciated.
Unlike the other reviewer, I don't think living in LA will probably make you care or appreciate this book. I live in LA. I lived in Watts, Compton, South LA, and now I'm in East LA-Alhambra area.
I wouldn't recommend this book though, sorry. To be really honest, it was predictable. Some parts were a nice read, but overall, it wasn't worth my time. I wanted to like this book, but it was a disappointment.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I lived through the Watts Riots in LA so this book confirmed a number of "suspicions".
Nina's description of Lanier fits my husband in many respects. Read more
This book was reading that was assigned for a class. I did not enjoy this text at all. I found it dull and repetitive, with a slow pace. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kaitlyn Morar
This is a well told story of how events can draw people together and what they discover about themselves. It is beautifully written and engrossing.Published 9 months ago by Barbara B. Minkoff
I believe this book was written beautifully although sadly. The sadness has to do with how little has changed. However, it points to doing something about it (I hope).Published 10 months ago by S.I.
I liked the book, but I think a lot of it depended on knowing LA, and knowing about the events that the story is set in. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Writer
I found this a very slow read, with to much description and very wordy. It would put me to sleep.Published 16 months ago by Rose Magin Chin
I accidentally came across this title when I was looking for a new book to download. I'm so glad I did! Read morePublished 17 months ago by G. Saffren