Book Reviews of Southland

Author: Nina Revoyr
ISBN-13: 9781888451412
ISBN-10: 1888451416
Publication Date: 3/2003
Pages: 350
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

4.1 stars, based on 10 ratings
Publisher: Akashic Books
Book Type: Paperback
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This book paints wonderful pictures from Southern California history (pre-WWII and after) as backdrop for an intriguing mystery.
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A good picture of a place(the Crenshaw district of Los Angeles) and a time between the 1940 s and the Watts riots. Very interesting insight into the complexities of race relations and the horror of racial prejudice against both blacks and Japanese. Kind of a companion piece to Walter Mosely's Easy Rawlins novels. Oh and it is also a murder mystery.
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I really enjoyed this book. It is filled w/ history, murder and love. It is set in Los Angeles and covers the period from pre-WWII to 1994 after the Northridge earthquake. Jackie Isida explores a mystery which she uncovers when her beloved grandfather dies. In the process we learn a lot about the history of race relations in mid 2oth century Los Angeles.
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The plot of Southland is well crafted and held my interest - I thought it was predictable but there were surprising plot twists at the end that I hadn't foreseen. The past and present are interwoven when Jackie Ishida, a young Japanese American, tries to fulfill a request from her grandfather's hidden will and starts to uncover secrets of his past. I learned a lot about Los Angeles - especially the black and Japanese communities there in the 1940's and 1960's. Some passages are so beautifully and descriptively written that I had to stop and re-read them, but overall I feel the book would have benefitted from a good editor. Much of it rambles and takes away from the story. That being said, I still really enjoyed Southland - it's definitely a good read.
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An amazing story. I could not put this book down!