Wild Meat and the Bully Burgers
In her hilarious and heartbreaking debut novel (Library Journal), Lois-Ann Yamanaka introduces the world to Lovey Nariyoshi, who comes of age in a working-class Japanese American family living in Hilo, Hawaii. Lovey longs to live in a haole (white) neighborhood and have straight blond hair and long Miss America legs.
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In the morning , I hear Aunt Helen ' s voice down the hallway . Mother fries
eggplant in hot oil for her and Aunt Helen to eat for breakfast . Aunt Helen makes
a mayonnaise - and - shoyu sauce and clicks the rice button on . I walk into the
Mother and Aunt Helen stop for a moment and stare at each other across the hot
frying pan full of eggplant . " Owee , the oil splashing , Verva . ” They both stare at
each other and make funny smirks . Then they talk to each other like I ' m not ...
and Aunt Helen are the two signs . Soon after this , the sign broke and the old
man got to be Poi . Same like MOMI ' S KITCHEN , the Chinese place , downtown
Hilo side . At night , the K in KITCHEN fizzles off and on , so the sign says MOMI '
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - kyuuketsukirui - LibraryThing
Oh, I loved this so much. This is maybe my favorite type of fiction ever, short stories about being a kid/growing up, but not for kids. I like children's lit/YA okay (some books I really love), but I ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - hsollom - LibraryThing
Personal Response: More a collection of loose vignettes than a novel, the different styles are sometimes lyrical and sometimes realistic. Lovey’s attempts to establish an identity apart from herself ... Read full review