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Wingshooters
by Nina Revoyr

Published: 2011-02-08
Paperback : 230 pages
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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 ...

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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 dog 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.

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.


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by FTessa (see profile) 06/26/12
A good companion read would be TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

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  "To Kill A Mockingbird Northern 1970s style"by sdelorenzo (see profile) 11/29/17

The book is a great book club book as there are quite a few personalities to unravel and issues to discuss. At one point in reading, I was "Oh My!"

 
  "Beautiful Story"by sunnygeorgiagirl (see profile) 06/19/14

This is a beautifully written story. It will make for a great discussion for book clubs. From page 1 to the end, the author does a great job of telling a beautiful story from the eyes of a a young girl... (read more)

 
  "Coming of Age amid Hatred and Discrimination"by FTessa (see profile) 06/26/12

I have heard this book compared to To Kill a Mockingbird; I think that comparison holds up pretty well.

Michelle LeBeau has a white father and a Japanese mother, but lives with her grandp

... (read more)

 
  "Wingshooters"by prose (see profile) 06/13/11

The story was a little confusing at first. I thought that the child was a boy until chapter three when the name Michelle was used. Other than that initial confusion, the story was easy to follow. Maybe... (read more)

 
  "Wingshooters"by swells (see profile) 06/09/11

Coming-of-age tale about what constitutes love and hate. Child narrator reminiscient of Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird.

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