Books by Nina Revoyr

A STUDENT OF HISTORY by Nina Revoyr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 5, 2019

"Revoyr's sleek prose and fast pacing move the reader through the sharply observed world of old money and the bad behavior it protects."
An entertaining, crisply written tale of a young man uncovering dangerous secrets takes place not on Los Angeles' mean streets but among the luxurious estates of its old-money families. Read full book review >
LOST CANYON by Nina Revoyr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Like Deliverance, a tense and sometimes-violent morality tale formed in the crucible of physical duress."
Revoyr (Wingshooters, 2011, etc.) sends four Angelenos mired in First World angst to confront the wilds of California's Sierra Nevada range.Read full book review >
WINGSHOOTERS by Nina Revoyr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2011

"Gripping and insightful."
Revoyr's fourth novel (Southland, 2008, etc.) is a coming-of-age saga in which racism cuts across loyalties between family and friends. Read full book review >
THE AGE OF DREAMING by Nina Revoyr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2008

"Although the pace lags in sections—notably a cross-country train tour which seems to occur in real time—all in all this is a pulse-quickening, deliciously ironic serving of Hollywood noir."
Aging Japanese actor, a former silent-screen sex symbol, is offered a second chance at notoriety. Read full book review >
SOUTHLAND by Nina Revoyr
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2003

"A gripping second novel (after The Necessary Hunger, 1997) with some neat plot twists—but complicated by a byzantine narrative that shifts in time, trying to pack in too much."
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. Read full book review >
THE NECESSARY HUNGER by Nina Revoyr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

Low-key but refreshing girls 'n' the `hood debut novel about a pair of furiously competitive basketball stars searching for love and certainty in the dank gymnasiums and mean streets of South Central L.A. The familiar inner-city downers of racism, crime, family disintegration, and sports-as-salvation are handled with extraordinary intelligence and sensitivity in this episodic story. Teenager Nancy Takahiro, a shy, six-foot Japanese-American basketball player, lives in a small suburban tract house with her divorced father, Wendell, a high-school math teacher and football coach. When Wendell invites his girlfriend, divorcÇe Claudia Webber, a circulation manager for the L.A. Times, to move in with him, Claudia, an African-American, brings her daughter, Raina Webber, a ferociously aggressive basketball star who plays at a different high school that's in a different league. The two girls are not only the same age but also ``members of the family''—that is, lesbian. As their parents endure racial stigmatism from former friends, what could have been a simple sibling rivalry becomes something far more complicated as Nancy becomes emotionally—and sexually—infatuated with Raina, who, though five inches shorter than Nancy, has the gutsy, American street-smart confidence that Nancy feels she lacks. Author Revoyr dodges the easy clichÇs of ghetto melodrama—nobody gets pregnant or has a drug problem here; everybody has enough to eat; and violence and crime, while evident, happen elsewhere—as she sends Nancy and Raina toward an ultimate confrontation in a league playoff, where Nancy's turbulent uncertainties about herself, as well as her unrequited affection for Raina, make the outcome of the game more than a matter of winning or losing. A quietly intimate, vigorously honest, and uniquely American hoop dream: tough and tender, without a single false note. Read full book review >