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 everybodv savs the next dav in school if vou have chocolate in your bag, "Ho
, brah, went Reed's Island, eh? I seen you, brah. You was the ghost?" And all the
Reed's Island kids like Tricia London and Kawehi Wells sav things like "What ...
Eh, God is love. I make you be in the flock of the lamb." And what if we wake up in
the middle of the night and something says we don't want to do it? "If something
says to call home," the teacher says, "if something savs don't do um, don't do um
She came to us when she was alreadv old. Kind of wild and not cute like some of
the kids we had before. Calhoon won't even give her a name. "Daddy," she savs,
"let's let her loose, then shoot her and stuff her," and Father tells her to shut up.
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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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