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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And when the song ends , I hear Miss Loo say , “ Won - der - ful , Gerrard . Sim -
ply won - der - ful . ” She claps lightly for him and I think of her fingers taking the
roses Jerry brings for her . I say Yellow . For Jealousy . For piano lessons .
I ' m so scared of the little men . I stay up all night if I don ' t sleep before she
sleeps . I hear the teacher laughing all the time . Especially at night . There ' s too
much pressure on me to fall asleep , because I want to be asleep before she
The night is muggy and the voices when they sing sound muffled by the thick air ,
pretty but ghostly . And Reverend Smith prays a real heart - wrencher , this being
the last night of the Spring Revival . I already hear ladies sniffling . Then Pearly ...
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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