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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Today, Father gathers smooth stones to slingshot the dogs to death. He goes by
the lychee tree and practices. He aims for the fruit and when the big red ones fall,
I gather them and peel their bumpv outsides and let the juices drip down my lip.
All over the lychee tree. And how thev writhe together in the bleach, a big brown
slimv ball of slug bodies. The next day, it smells like bleached, rotten fishes.
Sometimes she pours salt over them. Morton's or rock salt. Dead animals stain
... the rainbow tails of the mosquito fish on the white sides of the tub and the red,
red bodies of the swordtails, thev are nice, nicer than koi. And Father plops the
water lilies on top to protect them in the place under the lychee tree that smells
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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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