Blu's Hanging by Lois-Ann Yamanaka

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Blu's Hanging is the bittersweet story of a group of ragtag orphans reeling from the death of their mother, trying to stay together in the face of almost insurmountable odds. At once savagely funny and deeply moving, lyrical and wise, this novel confirms Yamanaka's reputation as one of the most vibrant new voices of her generation.
 

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Lois-Ann Yamanaka is the author of Wild Meat and the Bully Burgers (FSG, 1996), Blu's Hanging (FSG, 1997), and Heads by Harry (FSG, 1999). Recipient of a 1998 Lannan Literary Award and the 1998 Asian American Literary Award, she lives in Honolulu, Hawaii.
 
Published April 30, 1997 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 261 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The plot turns on a secret that's revealed: Ella and Poppy were child lepers, raised in a remote colony, miraculously cured by sulfa drugs in 1949, afterward bravely (and vainly) trying to join the ``normal'' world--but then things hurtle toward melodrama as Ivah is about to depart for boarding s...

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While her father hides guilty secrets behind an abusive manner, and the family teeters on the edge of poverty, it is up to Ivah to feed and care for little Maisie, who hasn't spoken since their mother died, and brother Blu, whose increasing dependence on food and damaging relationships as a subst...

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