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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That's why I feel better when Calhoon says, "Crazy must be like dreaming, not
dying." She could be right. She really could be right. "Maybe just like rocking your
own self to sleep, what you think, Lovey?" I decide that crazy is not like dying.
But Calhoon never lies. "Lower yourself." I hit the ground. After I hit it, I remember
it's lava and not the movies. From here, time seems to be in slow motion. We
crawl toward the kukui tree. The pheasant bobs his head. I watch him. Stop.
Calhoon never lies. There was a stretch of eucalyptus on the old Kona road.
Father, Mother, Cal, and me would drive this winding old road in Father's Land
Rover. There was no moon when the shadow followed the car from the beginning
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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
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