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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Jerry or Melvin . But I ' m in this class with other dum - dums and they laugh at me
instead like I ' m very stupid , stupider than them for not knowing how to reduce a
stupid fraction . “ You real stoopid for one fricken Jap , ” says Thomas Lorenzo .
Lois-Ann Yamanaka. “ Yeah , ” says Wilma Kahale . “ I thought all Japs sappose
for be smut . But you cannot even reduce one stupid fraction , eh , you , Jap Crap
. Stupid , thass why , you Rice Eye , good - for - nuttin ' Pearl Harba bomba .
I wanted to dedicate my death to them with a suicide note that said , “ Lovey ,
yeah , maybe cute , but stupid , stupid , stupid . ” Grandma said to me a long time
ago that the Bible says suicide is a sin . Those who do it burn in the eternal
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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