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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (809 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nina Revoyr Narrator: Johanna Parker Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2017 ISBN: 9781461847465
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The author of a Book Sense 76 pick and Los Angeles Times Best Book, Nina Revoyr is a writer of rare voice and distinct talent. Wingshooters is the tale of an isolated, all-white community torn apart by prejudice after the arrival of a half-Japanese girl and a young black couple.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 2/16/2014

    " Wow, Suzanne was right, this is a great book! It was sad, which I usually love, and very powerful. I also grew up in this same time also in a small town in the Midwest. It was very sad to think that this may have so closely reflected real life at that time. I read it very quickly and will likely re-read at some point. Highly recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 2/10/2014

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this coming of age story about a young girl named Michelle. She's biracial, born to a white father and a Japanese mother. When she's left with her white grandparents in Wisconsin she finds herself the target of bigotry and racism. Her grandfather Charlie is her refuge. Although he dotes on Michelle, Charlie shows himself to be as bigoted and racist as those who malign Michelle when a black couple move into the community. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sean | 2/6/2014

    " This books destroyed me in the most beautiful way. Nina Revoyr writes and presents this story in such a heart-breaking way. I struggled between rationing the pages and forging forward. I ended up losing my struggle and read and read and cried and cried. I haven't been moved like this by a book in a very long time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leslie | 1/31/2014

    " Oh my. This was not an easy read. The writing was fine, but the subject matter was TOUGH. There is some language (the N word and F word, specifically) used throughout, to describe the racism that prevailed in this small Wisconsin town in the early 1970s. The hardest part was that I thought it was a true story and there was brutality that I just wasn't expecting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meleya | 1/24/2014

    " This book was great! It sucked me in and brought a lot of emotion. Quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy-Sug | 1/18/2014

    " It is 1974 in rural Wisconsin. Mikey (Michelle) is the daughter of a Japanese mother and American father. The mother walked out of the marriage and the father took off in search of her leaving Mikey in the care of her grandparents. This book is about prejudice, racism and the small mindedness of small town America all the while being about love, both unconditional and otherwise. I was very touched by the story and the insights while being bothered by some of the things that happened. It is well written and insightful. I highly recommend it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole | 1/11/2014

    " I had no idea where this story was going for most of the book. It felt like it had no ending, no purpose. The story itself was good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 1/1/2014

    " Japanese-American girl goes to live with her racist Wisconsin grandparents. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy | 12/4/2013

    " I was pleasantly surprised by this book! I happened upon it at my local library and thought I would give it a try. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barbara Higgins | 10/28/2013

    " Young Janese-American girl and African=American teacher dealing with racism in Wisconsin in the 70's just didn't ring true to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexandra | 10/10/2013

    " Really good book with a really sad ending! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie Lenoch | 10/8/2013

    " A good, fast summer read but very sad moments for this little girl about the ones she loved, lost and the big world she lived in. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn A. Nysse | 9/18/2012

    " WONDERFUL.....don't want to say too much right now as one of my bookclubs will discuss the book on 2/28. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bette | 8/16/2012

    " Kept me reading till I finished. Hard to let go. Character development is excellent. Plot moves along quickly. Michelle, or Mike as her grandfather calls her, experiences life as a mixed race child in a very racist small town in Wisconsin in the early 1970's. Highly recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Obisbooks | 6/15/2012

    " I cried. I hated and I loved. Good discussion book about racism and responsibility. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristine | 5/28/2012

    " In the vein of To Kill a Mockingbird (and not as good -- but what book is?), Wingshooters effectively follows a half-Japanese girl as her adopted Wisconsin hometown deals with the moving in of its first non-white family, with predictably tragic results. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Bice | 3/25/2012

    " Haunting. This book takes place at the time that we were getting married and starting our family. Prejudice and fear abounded in the country. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 3/5/2012

    " Wow, talk about a powerful book. And with a little research, my hunch was confirmed. The author WAS talking about Marshfield! Clinic, proximity to Wausau and Stevens (incorrectly spelled as Steven's) Point. Very painful, shocking, and raw, but so very well written and captivating. "

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About the Author
Author Nina Revoyr

Nina Revoyr is the author of four novels—The Necessary Hunger, Southland, The Age of Dreaming, and Wingshooters. Southland was a BookSense 76 pick, Edgar Award finalist, winner of the Lambda Literary Award, and a Los Angeles Times “Best Book” of 2003. The Age of Dreaming was a finalist for the 2008 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. 1. 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. When not writing or working, she is usually busy chasing around her English Springer Spaniel, Russell, or her Border Collie, Ariat.

About the Narrator

Johanna Parker is an Audie and Earphone Award–winning actress living and working in San Francisco. Since narrating her first audiobook in 2002, she has received praise for her work in all genres, including her portrayal of Sookie Stackhouse in Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire books. She received her BFA in acting from Boston University and studied Shakespeare at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. She has performed on stages in London, Los Angeles, Seattle, and New York and has numerous film and television credits. As a voice-over actress, she has voiced commercials, video games, documentaries, and websites.