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Nina Revoyr brings us a compelling story of race, love, murder, and history against the backdrop of Los Angeles.

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What people are saying…

Winner of the American Library Association’s Stonewall Honor Award in Literature
Nominated for an Edgar Award
Selected for the LA Times Best Books of 2003 List
Nominated for the LA Times Book Prize
Nominated for a Ferro-Grumley Literary Award
Nominated for a Lambda Literary Award
A Book Sense 76 Pick
InsightOut Book Club Selection

“The plot line of Southland is the stuff of a James Ellroy or a Walter Mosley novel . . . But the climax fairly glows with the good-heartedness that Revoyr displays from the very first page.”
Los Angeles Times

“If Oprah still had her book club, this novel likely would be at the top of her list . . . With prose that is beautiful, precise, but never pretentious . . .”
Booklist (starred review)

“Compelling . . . never lacking in vivid detail and authentic atmosphere, the novel cements Revoyr’s reputation as one of the freshest young chroniclers of life in LA.”
Publishers Weekly

“What makes a book like Southland resonate is that it merges elements of literature and social history with the propulsive drive of a mystery, while evoking Southern California as a character, a key player in the tale. Such aesthetics have motivated other Southland writers, most notably Walter Mosley.”
Los Angeles Times

“Fascinating and heartbreaking . . . an essential part of LA history.”
LA Weekly

“Read this book and tell me you don’t want to read more. I know I do.”
—Dorothy Allison

“. . . subtle, effective . . . [with] a satisfyingly unpredictable climax.”
Washington Post

“An engaging, thoughtful book that even East Coasters can enjoy.”
New York Press

“Dead-on descriptions of California both gritty and golden.”
East Bay Express

Southland gripped my attention and would not let go until I turned the last page.”
International Examiner

“A remarkable feat.”
—Susan Straight

Southland is a simmering stew of individual dreams, family struggles, cultural relations, social changes, and race relations. It is a compelling, challenging, and rewarding novel.”
Chicago Free Press


Description

Nina Revoyr answered 15 questions for Akashic’s Literary Lions feature. Read her answers here.

Nina Revoyr brings us a compelling story of race, love, murder, and history against the backdrop of Los Angeles. A young Japanese-American woman, Jackie Ishida, is in her last semester of law school when her grandfather, Frank Sakai, dies unexpectedly. While trying to fulfill a request from his will, Jackie discovers that four black teenagers were killed in the store he ran during the Watts Riots of 1965—and that the murders were never solved or reported. Along with James Lanier, a cousin of one of the victims, she tries to piece together the story of the boys’ deaths. In the process, Jackie unearths the long-held secrets of her family’s history—and her own. Moving in and out of the past, from the shipping yards and internment camps of World War II; to the barley fields of the Crenshaw District in the 1930s; to the means streets of Watts in the 1960s; to the night spots and garment factories of the 1990s, Southland weaves a tale of Los Angeles in all of its faces and forms.


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