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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Watch him go around my finger twice. Cross the bridge of my finger to the other
hand. Then lower him into a drop of rain. I watch him swim and try to breathe.
Then I kill him. I watch the door to AnToinette's Beautv Shoppe. Mother's whole
I split the split end slowly and watch one side kink. I try to unkink the curl. Throw it
into the wind and watch it spiral down. Neat. I floss my teeth with the other side
and it breaks in between my teeth. I can't pull it out. I pick up rocks and juggle ...
And whenever they go up for a dance, Nancy says, "Watch my bag, eh." All night
long, "Watch my bag, eh, Lovey. Hea, watch this for me." Shove the shiny sequins
black clutch bag across the linoleum tabletop. Like what she got in there?
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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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