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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But me, I neva really care back then. I was onlv six, what the heck. You know
what I mean? Small kid time, you dunno the difference, right? "My fav'rite thing for
do was hang around with Tora and Uri when they let me small kine be with them.
"You know, my fadda, he neva say nothing about going back Japan. Was pau,
everything he had with Japan. Except for one small package he had. He brought
um with him from Japan when he was seventeen vears old. "He neva tell nobodv
Lucky thing I neva fall inside the flow. Thass how I got all these cuts on my hands
from the fine kine lava threads all over the ground. The barrel of my .243 wen' hit
in the loose cinders. But eh, I get up and dust myself off. So long as Gabriel ...
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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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