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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Especially Lori . Lori Shigemura . All nicely dressed in her homesewn butterfly
sleeves , gauzy shirts with lace — all ten of them . From a Simplicity pattern too .
Her mother owns a Bernina , not a Singer , and sells gold chains on the side .
But tonight , he wants to dance with Lori Shigemura . He makes like I ' m jealous
and maybe I am jealous but maybe it ' s because I ' m always left sitting on the
side with Ruby Hagimura , who weighs two hundred pounds , chews her bubble
I tell him as nice as I can , “ Daddy , I like make my own tapes like Lori Shigemura
so we can play the tapes at recess time . ” “ There you go again , ” he says . “ Lori
Shigemura , that ' s Henry ' s daughta ? Sheez , Henry the Yick Lung preserved ...
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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