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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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 play it during your typing class . ” “ For nobody but ...
The tape clicks on . There ' s a long scratchy sound and soft shhhh . Probably me
. But the guitar part of “ Frankenstein ” starts and everybody gets into typing and
Mr . Otake ' s acting like a Frankenstein with stiff legs and ugly face , yelling 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 ...
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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