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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"Hi, Jerome!" she says. "Larry, Larry, Jerome's here." "So. Beat it, Jerry. You
breaking my concentration." "Shut up, Larry," I say. "And you, Fatso, Clinging Vine
, scram, shazam. Like make like a banana and split." Larry shoves me. "Laaa-rry.
"Jerome!" I scream. Jerrv scrambles to his feet. He's got a five- dollar book of scrip
in his hands. "Run, Lovev, run!" I nearlv lose Crvstal's snake. "Five dollars," says
Jerry. We decide to eat corn on the cob and cotton candy. Then we share an ...
"For nobody but us, okay, Mr. Otake?" Jerry tells him. "Don't play it for the seventh
-graders or even for Period Four, okay? Promise?" "Ho, tight, eh you, Jerome?
Okay, okay, since vou guys so special. Better be good." The day passes so slowly
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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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