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SOUTHLAND

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

A mulligan stew of family saga, whodunit, and social history as a woman's attempt to understand her grandfather's will leads to the reopening of a murder case from the Watts riots.Law student Jackie Ishida spots something funny when her grandfather Frank Sakai's will leaves his Los Angeles grocery store to one Curtis Martindale. The shop was closed and sold long before Frank died, so technically ... Read full review

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I read this book for a University class at the University of California, Irvine. It was for my Asian American Studies 60C class, which focuses on literature written by Asian American authors. Of all the books, this one was my favorite, I think because of the characters. Throughout the book you get to follow the narratives of at least 4 characters, but there is character development for many of the characters mentioned. It is sort of a murder mystery, like the show cold case. Oh, and there is lesbian sex. The way sexuality is portrayed is one that I think would be accurate for many Asian American families, it is not out in the open, and yet it is known and silently accepted. A very good book, made me cry multiple times. Took me about 7 or 8 hours to finish. 

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User Review  - Kathleen O'Nan - Goodreads

Nina Revoyr is an extraordinary writer. This book, which involves both Japanese-American and Black cultures, is the story of much of Los Angeles. Well done! Read full review

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User Review  - Kristine Brancolini - Goodreads

Southland is one of four books nominated to be my university's Common Book this coming fall. As a member of the selection committee, I'll be reading all four. This book is one of my top two favorites ... Read full review

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User Review  - Katie - Goodreads

I thought this book had some interesting ideas, and I enjoyed the history in it, and the fact that the locations were all local to me. However, I found that I never connected very deeply with the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kim Alkemade - Goodreads

A story spanning decades and generations that brings together diverse characters who have al experienced the shifting historical tides of a changing Los Angeles. A complex and human story that shows how the differences that can drive people apart may be more fragile than the connections we share. Read full review

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User Review  - Kristine - Goodreads

I agree with the many commenters who say the writing could be clunky and awkward (especially in the sections set in 1994) and there were a lot of characters and interrelationships to keep track of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Goodreads

Ms. Revoyr weaves history and race relations into a hauntingly beautiful tale of tragic porportions. Riveting and heartbreaking, Southland melds two, often antagonistic, cultures into one lovely ... Read full review

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User Review  - Suzette - Goodreads

Ms. Revoyr weaves history and race relations into a hauntingly beautiful tale of tragic porportions. Riveting and heartbreaking, Southland melds two, often antagonistic, cultures into one lovely ... Read full review

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User Review  - Laura - Goodreads

I was happily surprised that I enjoyed this book as much as I did. I slowly became involved in the unfolding of the family history interwoven into present day to bring justice to a murder of four boys. Read full review

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