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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It's 1 a.m. In the morning, Jerry runs the tape over to Mr. Otake and asks about the
extra credit he lied about. Mr. Otake says, "Sure, anything for you and your
girlfriend, Nariyoshi. Thanks, eh. I'll plav it during vour tvping class." "For nobody
The tape clicks on. There's a long scratchy sound and soft shhhh. Probably me.
But the guitar part of "Frankenstein" starts and everybodv gets into typing and Mr.
Otake's acting like a Frankenstein with stiff legs and uglv face, velling in his ...
First, the tape, burn, sizzle, the smell of plastic. "I hate anything homemade. Shut
up, Calhoon. You just like Daddy — even the birds saying shit about you." Then
the Sanyo tape recorder from Maurice's Pawnshop. "I hate secondhand shit.
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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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