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Revoyr’s 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.

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What people are saying…

A Booklist Book of the Year 2011
Finalist for SCIBA’s 2011 Fiction Award
Winner of the 2011 Midwest Booksellers Choice Award
Winner of the first annual Indie Booksellers Choice Award
Selected for IndieBound’s March 2011 Indie Next List, “Great Reads from Booksellers You Trust”
Featured in O, The Oprah Magazine‘s March 2011 Reading Room section as one of 10 Titles to Pick Up Now

“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 writes rhapsodically of a young girl’s enthrallment to the natural world and charts, with rising intensity, her resilient narrator’s painful awakening to human failings and senseless violence. In this shattering northern variation on To Kill A Mockingbird, Revoyr drives to the very heart of tragic ignorance, unreason, and savagery.”
Booklist (starred review)

“Hauntingly provocative . . . an excellent choice for book discussion groups as it will force readers to dig deep and look inward.”
Library Journal

“Gripping and insightful.”
Kirkus Reviews

“A searing, anguished novel . . . The narration and pace are expertly calibrated as it explores a topic one wishes still wasn’t so current.”
Los Angeles Times

“Much can be said and commended about the book’s themes of loyalty and love . . . I’ll just say that this author is a big talent. Her book is a little thing of beauty. It’s a story with American historical significance; it’s a novel with emotional heft; it’s a satisfying read in the spirit of what Picasso said about another writer, James Joyce: ‘The incomprehensible that everyone can understand.'”
Brooklyn Rail

“Revoyr has written a searing portrait of the all-too-recent past, of a place where change comes slowly and painfully, and of a girl just trying to find her own space in the world.”
Wichita Eagle

Wingshooters understands what many of us know from experience: that love and hate can spring from the same source, that bigotry can coexist in the hearts of people who have shown us the tenderest of love.”
Hyphen magazine

“Nina Revoyr’s young protagonist and her searing, skillfully told story are unforgettable. Don’t miss it.”
—Marian Wright Edelman, President, Children’s Defense Fund

“Nina Revoyr is one of my favorite writers. What I admire most is the compassion she shows for her often flawed characters. Wingshooters is a gem of a novel—filled with beautiful language, thoughtful observations on life, deep heartache, and determined acceptance.”
—Lisa See, author of Shanghai Girls

More Praise for Nina Revoyr:

“If Oprah still had her book club, this novel likely would be at the top of her list.”
Booklist (starred review), on Southland

“Revoyr is fast becoming one of the city’s finest chroniclers and mythmakers.”
Los Angeles Magazine, on The Age of Dreaming


Interest level: 8–up | Grade level: HS–Adult | Lexile Level: 1000L | Guided Reading Level/F&P: Z+

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

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 English springer spaniel, 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 his son’s marriage to Michelle’s mother, but dotes on his only grandchild, whom he calls Mikey.

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.

Check out Nina Revoyr’s Midwest Tour diary.

Click here to download a reading group guide for Wingshooters.


Book Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Published: 2/8/11
  • IBSN: 9781936070718
  • e-IBSN: 9781617750182
  • Hardcover
  • IBSN: 9781936070862


NINA REVOYR is the author of six novels, including A Student of History; Lost Canyon; The Age of Dreaming, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Southland, a Los Angeles Times best seller and “Best Book” of 2003; The Necessary Hunger; and Wingshooters, which won an Indie Booksellers Choice Award and was selected by O, The Oprah Magazine as one of “10 Titles to Pick Up Now.” Revoyr lives and works in Los Angeles.

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