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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410 today like Father says . When we see the manure still steaming under the
low branches of an ohia , Father motions for us to lower ourselves . We walk slow
and soft . I want to cock my gun . Calhoon says no because she ' s in front of me .
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
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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