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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"Can you imagine," my father says, "dog teeth tore open those wire cages." No, I
cannot imagine it. My father says not to worry. That he'll buy for me Netherland
Dwarfs, which are better rabbits than Dutch bunnies. I can start my business over
I remember Father saying, "The only way for kill one wild turkey is to get um up
the ass. Get in close enough and downwind so that you get um right up his ass." I
plan to get my tom with a .410 today like Father says. When we see the manure ...
Calhoon names him Bully, and Father says, "Don't name him. Don't you dare call
him that. We going eat um and how you going eat if you name him?" But every
day now, Calhoon and me go to play with Bullv. Cal with her goat jerky and me ...
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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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