"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 "An essential part of Los Angeles history."--LA Weekly *a Los Angeles Times Best Seller *winner of a Lambda Literary Award *winner of a Ferro-Grumley Literary Award *winner of the American Library Association's Stonewall Honor Award in Literature *an Edgar Award finalist *selected for the LA Times' Best Books of 2003 List *an InsightOut Book Club Selection "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 ". . . subtle, effective . . . [with] a satisfyingly unpredictable climax."--Washington Post "Read this book and tell me you don't want to read more. I know I do."--Dorothy Allison, author of Bastard Out of Carolina "An engaging, thoughtful book that even East Coasters can enjoy."--New York Press 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 4 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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