This specific ISBN edition is currently not available.View all copies of this ISBN edition:
Growing up in Hilo, Hawaii, in a family caught in the cultural gap between East and West, young Lovey Nariyoshi creates her own identity amid a world of pop culture and media that ignores the realities of the Japanese-American character. A first novel. Tour.
"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.
Lois-Ann Yamanaka has written a book of poetry, three prior works of fiction, and a young-adult novel. She has won a Lannan Literary Award and an American Book Award. She lives in Honolulu.From Publishers Weekly:
In a fresh, distinctive and authentic voice, Yamanaka's starkly realistic debut novel, a series of linked vignettes, chronicles the coming-of-age of Lovey Nariyoshi, who grows up in a blue-collar, uneducated Japanese family in Hilo, Hawaii. Lovey's pidgin English is sprinkled with so much unfamiliar island vernacular that a glossary would be helpful; while her language is crude and ungrammatical, it is also darkly comical, with an underlying poetic lilt. Lovey considers herself ugly; she can't master standard English so she's in the "dumb" class; her family often call her stupid. Her only true friend is an effeminate boy, Jerry, with whom she shares some ill-fated adventures?including stealing money to buy new Barbie dolls. The music, movies and celebrity icons of American pop culture pervade Hawaiian society, and Yamanaki makes clear that self-hatred, shame and the desire to be "haole" is characteristic of many mixed-ethnic people there. Lovey yearns for the haole life?a clean, neat house, with no cheap, secondhand furniture. Her father, however, wants to toughen up Lovey and her sister, Calhoon, to the fact that they're poor and will never rise. He makes them witness the slaughter of pet animals raised for food, deliberately runs over a cat to show Lovey that she must learn to survive in a brutal world. The onset of puberty is cruel to Lovey; besides suffering from the knowledge that she will never be popular, she briefly comes under the influence of a religious fanatic who convinces her that the apocalypse is at hand; starts a fire that burns her sister; experiences the suicide of an adored friend; and faces a devastating blow when her father is injured in a hunting accident. But, though Yamanaki pitilessly portrays the poverty of pocketbook, intellect and spirit in Lovey's environment, she also displays?especially in the moving denouement?the bonds of love and understanding that can create poignant, epiphanic moments of reconciliation. Author tour
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.
Book Description Farrar Straus & Giroux. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0374290202 . Seller Inventory # Z0374290202ZN
Book Description Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1996. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: As New. 1st Edition. Yamanaka, Lois-Ann. WILD MEAT AND THE BULLY BURGERS. NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, c1996. 1st ed, 278pp, square 8vo, new hardcover in d/j. Seller Inventory # 22593
Book Description Farrar Straus & Giroux, 1996. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110374290202
Book Description Farrar Straus Giroux, 1996. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0374290202
Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # STRM-0374290202
Book Description Farrar Straus & Giroux, 1996. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0374290202
Book Description Farrar Straus Giroux, 1996. Hardcover. Condition: New. 1st. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Seller Inventory # 0374290202n