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Book Title: The Necessary Hunger|
The author of the book: Nina Revoyr
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 5.72 MB
Edition: Simon & Schuster
Date of issue: March 1st 1997
ISBN 13: 9780684832340
Read full description of the books The Necessary Hunger:From the day she meets Raina Webber, Nancy Takahiro knows that the dazzling All-State shooting guard with the ferocious drive to win is the one basketball player who can match her on the court. What she is not prepared for is the tangled surge of pain and desire that leaves her awkward and shy in Raina's presence. And when Nancy's father and Raina's mother fall in love and decide to move in together, Nancy is even more unsettled—she finds herself living under the same roof as her inspiration and rival, and under the scrutiny of friends and neighbors who react with varying degrees of comfort to her Japanese-American and African-American household.
This moving and insightful first novel follows Nancy, Raina, and several of their friends as they go through their last year of high school. For some of them, their senior year will be full of glory, anticipation, and the thrills—and frustrations—of the college recruiting process. For others, however, stranded in an inner-city Los Angeles neighborhood that promises little in the way of opportunity, it will mark not only the end of their time in school but also the end of their hopes for a productive future. Nancy and Raina must negotiate the pressures of being star athletes, the complicated terrain of their home situation, and the ambiguities of their own intense, competitive friendship. The Necessary Hunger is about families, friendship, racial identity, and young people who are nearing adulthood with all the cards stacked against them. It is about sports as a means of salvation, about the nature of competition, and ultimately about the various kinds of love.
Read information about the authorNina Revoyr was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and a white American father, and grew up in Tokyo, Wisconsin, and Los Angeles. She is the author of four novels. Her first book, The Necessary Hunger , was described by Time magazine as "the kind of irresistible read you start on the subway at 6 p.m. on the way home from work and keep plowing through until you've turned the last page at 3 a.m. in bed."
Her second novel, Southland, was a Los Angeles Times bestseller and "Best Book of 2003," 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 vivid detail and authentic atmosphere, the novel cements Revoyr's reputation as one of the freshest young chroniclers of life in L.A."
Nina’s third book, The Age of Dreaming, was a finalist for the 2008 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Publishers Weekly called it "enormously satisfying;" Library Journal described it as "Fast-moving, riveting, unpredictable and profound," and Los Angeles Magazine wrote that "Nina Revoyr ... is fast becoming one of the city’s finest chroniclers and myth-makers."
Nina's fourth novel, Wingshooters, was published in March, 2011. It is one of O: Oprah Magazine's "Books to Watch For," an IndieBound Indie Next Selection, and a Midwest Connections Pick. Publishers Weekly described it as "remarkable...an accomplished story of family and the dangers of complacency in the face of questionable justice; and Booklist called it "a shattering northern variation on To Kill a Mockingbird.
Nina is the executive vice president of a large child and family service agency in Los Angeles. She has also been an Associate Faculty member at Antioch University, and a Visiting Professor at Cornell University, Occidental College, and Pitzer College. Nina lives in Northeast Los Angeles with her partner, two rowdy dogs, and a pair of bossy cats.
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