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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OOMPAH LOOMPA 1 want curly, fine baby bair. I want Mary Magdalene wavy
hair. I want to look like an angel. But I have a Toni perm now. I don't look like Toni
on the perm box. I don't look like anyone 1 know. I don't smell like Toni or smile ...
Then she fake-screams, "I know! Oompah Loompah." It's true. I look like an
Oompah Loompah from the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Like
the fat midget Oompah Loompahs with their green faces and purple hair like
Oompah Loompah. Mv best friend Jerome's Speedos. Oompah Loompah.
Father's faded olive Bermudas, his yellow Hang Loose Hawaii T-shirt and black
rubber boots that he wears downtown. Oompah Loompah. The borinki hair Midge
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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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