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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Stupid, thass why, you Rice Eye, good-for-nuttin' Pearl Harba bomba. ... Watch
how you make them Jap eyes at me. ... writes her answer quickly on her paper.
Then she puts the eraser up her nostril again. "Jap. Jap Crap. Rice Eye. Stupid
I know it's her though I cannot see a face, a shadow, or light for eyes. I look at
Calhoon and her eyes open by themself. Wide-open eyes that know to look at the
cross on the wall. Eyes that look, stare, don't blink, and know. She looks at me ...
No ask me questions. I dunno. Go shoot um right between the eyes. Shit, just kill
um. I no care.' "So me, I walk toward the cow, get grass hanging out his mouth still
yet, and next thing I turn around, Hubert, he stay running behind the house.
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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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