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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And Daddy talks to me all the time, sometimes like I'm not even there. Just going
on and on. And he drives real slow even when the speed limit is 60; Daddy goes
the minimum, which is 35. If we come home Volcano wav, he gets a good start, ...
Daddy going see this and kill you, Lovey. No, thass half my money too, you know.
I sold some butter toffee peanuts too. Why you doing this, Lovey?" First, the tape,
burn, sizzle, the smell of plastic. "I hate anything homemade. Shut up, Calhoon.
And Miyamoto Musashi. Daddy going like this." Uncle Tora doesn't know about
the Japanese shows that we watch on TV. Daddy reads one subtitle and I read
the next. Daddy reads his real good like a real samurai, just like Sonny Chiba: "
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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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