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Wild Meat and the Bully Burgers: A Novel

by Lois-Ann Yamanaka

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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 prefer stuff about childhood and adolescence that is written for adults. I like the nostalgia of it. This is set in the early '70s, so it's a little before my time, but I can still recognise the pop culture references (of which there are many) and I can relate to it much better than stories about Kids Today. ( )
  kyuuketsukirui | Aug 18, 2010 |
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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 are funny and heartbreaking. The complex themes and style are more suited for older readers.

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More suited for small group discussion than a whole class read
  hsollom | Aug 9, 2010 |
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Her name is Lovey Nariyoshi, and her Hawai'i is not the one of leis, pineapple, and Magnum P.I. In the blue collar town of Hilo, on the Big Island, Lovey and her eccentric Japanese-American family are at the margins of poverty, in the midst of a tropical paradise. With her endearing, effeminate best friend Jerry, Lovey suffers schoolyard bullies, class warfare, Singer sewing classes, and the surprisingly painful work of picking on a macadamia nut plantation, all while trying to find an identity of her own. At once a bitingly funny satire of haole happiness and a moving meditation on what is real, if ugly at times, but true, Wild Meat and the Bully Burgers crackles with the language of pidgin--Hawai'i Creole English--distinguishing one of the most vibrant voices in contemporary culture.

Stories from this enduring novel have been adapted into the film Fishbowl, by groundbreaking director Kayo Hatta.

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