The Necessary Hunger
By Nina Revoyr
(St. Martin's Griffin, Paperback, 9780312181420, 368pp.)
Publication Date: March 1998
As a star basketball player in her last year of high school, Nancy Takahiro's life is about to change forever. Faced with the college recruitment process and unsure of where her skill will take her, Nancy is not prepared for meeting Raina Webber, an All-State shooting guard whose passion for basketball is matched only by her talent.
When Nancy's father and Raina's mother move in together, the girls are faced with the challenge of negotiating their already intense friendship and rivalry. As Nancy's love for Raina grows and both prepare to leave inner city neighborhood that has nurtured them, they find themselves looking toward a future that is no longer easily defined.
Set against a backdrop of racial tension between the Asian American and African American communities of Los Angeles and infused with tenderness and passion. The Necessary Hunger explores not only the intricacies of the game of basketball, but also the very nature of the relationships young women create in the face of the odds that are stacked against them.
Nina Revoyr was born in Japan and raised in Tokyo and Los Angeles. She received her M.F.A. from Cornell University, where she is currently a lecturer.
"Beats with the pulse of life . . . A smooth, insightful read."—Time
"A quietly intimate, vigorously honest, and uniquely American hoop dream: tough and tender, without a single false note."—Kirkus Reviews
"I hope this engagingly written novel finds its way into the hands of young women and older one who experience similar passions for women and sports."—Rebecca Brown, author of The Terrible Girls and What Keeps Me Here