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Riverhead Books
224 pages
Product Description
Pulitzer Prize-winner Junot Díaz’s first book, <i>Drown</i>, established him as a major new writer with “the dispassionate eye of a journalist and the tongue of a poet” (<i>Newsweek</i>). His first novel, <i>The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao</i>, was named #1 Fiction Book of the Year” by <i>Time</i> magazine and spent more than 100 weeks on the <i>New York Times</i> bestseller list, establishing itself – with more than a million copies in print – as a modern classic. 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.<p></p><p>Now Díaz turns his remarkable talent to the haunting, impossible power of love – obsessive love, illicit love, fading love, maternal love. On a beach in the Dominican Republic, a doomed relationship flounders. 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 <i>New York Times</i>-Bestselling <i>This Is How You Lose Her</i> 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.”</p>
Riverhead Books
224 pages Review
<b>Amazon Best Books of the Month, September 2012:</b> <i>This Is How You Lose Her</i> features nine stories by Junot Diaz, who won the Pulitzer Prize for his novel <i>The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao</i> in 2008. At the center of each story is Yunior (making his third appearance in Diaz's work), a Dominican American stud who, despite his macho exterior, aches to be loved. At first blush, this slim volume lacks the ambition and scope of <i>Oscar Wao</i>, a condensed pop-culture epic. But Diaz has done an extraordinary thing here: He has taken Yunior's heart and battered it every which way to show how love--romantic, physical, or familial--can affect even the most masculine character. The final story, "The Cheater's Guide to Love," features the collection's stickiest line: "The half-life of love is forever." Diaz compares heartbreak to radiation, its strength decaying exponentially over time. You can bury it underground and try to forget about it, but it never goes away entirely. --<i>Kevin Nguyen</i>