|Publisher:||Penguin Group USA|
|Publish Date:||Sep 2012|
|Number of Pages:||213|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.75|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||5.8 x 0.9 x 8.3|
Junot Daz was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and was raised in New Jersey. His fiction has appeared in numerous publications including The New Yorker, The Paris Review, African Voices, and Best American Short Stories. He wrote the story collection Drown and the novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the 2008 Pulitzer Prize. He is a professor of creative writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Diaz (The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao) returns to short fiction in his latest book, the first since he won the Pulitzer in 2007, and his second collection of stories after 1996's Drown. The stories hinge on Yunior de las Casas, Diaz's Nick Adams: a Dominican-born, Jersey-raised writer and-as is especially on display here-chronic womanizer. Diaz tells of love won and lost with his signature verve; the book pulses with Spanish, sf, and the music and apocalyptic TV shows of the late 1980's. Through the lens of the women that Yunior, his older brother Rafa (who dies of cancer while Yunior is in high school), and their mostly absent father love, leave, and are left by, Diaz maps out a painful, aching geography of desire. The final story, "The Cheater's Guide to Love", which will be of particular interest to fans of Oscar Wao, further explores Yunior's (who was the novel's primary narrator) relationship with Lola, Oscar's sister.
Verdict: Diaz's third book is as stunning as its predecessors. These stories are hard and sad, but in Diaz's hands they also crackle.
[See Prepub Alert, 3/12/12.] - Molly McArdle, Library Journal
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In addition to the Pulitzer, Díaz has won a host of major awards and prizes, including the National Book Critic’s Circle Award, the PEN/Malamud Award, the PEN/O. Henry Prize, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and the Anisfield-Wolf Award.
In the heat of a hospital laundry room in New Jersey, a woman does her lover’s washing and thinks about his wife. In Boston, a man buys his love child, his only son, a first baseball bat and glove. At the heart of these stories is the irrepressible, irresistible Yunior, a young hardhead whose longing for love is equaled only by his recklessness--and by the extraordinary women he loves and loses: artistic Alma; the aging Miss Lora; Magdalena, who thinks all Dominican men are cheaters; and the love of his life, whose heartbreak ultimately becomes his own.
In prose that is endlessly energetic, inventive, tender, and funny, the stories in the New York Times-Bestselling This Is How You Lose Her lay bare the infinite longing and inevitable weakness of the human heart. They remind us that passion always triumphs over experience, and that “the half-life of love is forever.”
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