Southland (novel)

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Southland
Author Nina Revoyr
Country United States
Language English
Genre Novel
Publisher Akashic Books
Publication date
2003
Media type Print (Hardcover or Paperback)
Pages 348 pp
ISBN 1-888451-41-6
OCLC 51622275
813/.54 22
LC Class PS3568.E7964 S67 2003

Southland is a Los Angeles Times best-selling[citation needed] novel and "Best book of 2003" by Nina Revoyr. It focuses on quest for the past and present of racial justice in Los Angeles. The novel is also a Book Sense 76 pick, an Edgar Award finalist, and the winner of the Ferro-Grumley Award and the Lambda Literary Award. Publishers Weekly called it "Compelling... never lacking in detail and authentic atmosphere, the novel cements Revoyr's reputation as one of the freshest young chroniclers of life in L.A.[1]

The novel is a murder mystery novel taking place in Los Angeles between the 40’s and 90’s at a time when discrimination and racism were at an all-time high. Revoyr features many historic references happening in Los Angeles’s past dealing with racial issues and uses character interactions to drive these points. Frank Sakai and Curtis Martin are two characters whose life is effected by the racism in the Los Angeles neighborhoods.

Plot[edit]

Frank Sakai, a Japanese-American living in Los Angeles, tells the story of his father’s arrival to America.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Nina Revoyr". Nina Revoyr's official website. Retrieved 2008-03-04.