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This Is How You Lose Her

Díaz, Junot

(Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
This Is How You Lose Her
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Pulitzer Prize-winner Junot Diaz's first book, Drown , established him as a major new writer with "the dispassionate eye of a journalist and the tongue of a poet" ( Newsweek ). His first novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao , was named #1 Fiction Book of the Year" by Time magazine and spent more than 100 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, establishing itself - with more than a million copies in print - as a modern classic. In addition to the Pulitzer, Diaz 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. Now Diaz 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 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."
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2012.
ISBN: 9781594487361
Characteristics: 213 p. ;,22 cm.

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Dec 06, 2014
  • Lucky_Luke rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

If you are in the mood for male angst. Unique voice, great accomplishment.

NYPL Staff Pick
A collection of stories, a womanizing New Jersey Dominican reflects on his romantic adventures.
- Selection Team

Very interesting set of intertwined short stories. Language and settings more suitable for an older audience.

Apr 12, 2014
  • uncommonreader rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Certainly these short stories are very well written, but why celebrate infidelity and this aspect of Dominican culture?

Apr 07, 2014
  • Ecordero4 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Awesome read! I was captivated from the first chapter. A little vulgar but it makes the whole story come to life. The Spanish inserts as well make you feel the culture around Yunior. Not a male read at all women to should read it too, gives humorous insight to the sexual mindset of a man

Jan 12, 2014
  • christinafullofgrace rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I read Oscar Wao and from there wanted to read the rest of Diaz' works. I will say although the language was vulgar I thought it suited the context it was in. I'm a woman by the way and I didnt find it a book only males would be interested in. To me it never seemed like Yunior celebrated his ways and I thought it was great that all of his actions displayed the the awful consequences that followed. I really liked the book !!

Jan 05, 2014
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Junot Diaz's latest returns to the familiar territory of his debut short story collection, "Drown." These are earthy, sometimes vulgar stories of love, sex and all the ways it can go wrong. I agree with one of the commentators, that it's a very male book and you won't find many well-drawn female characters in hear. Then again, the male characters are pretty shallow too. The final story is the strongest. I preferred his novel.

Dec 03, 2013
  • janetplanet9 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

My Shawnee staff pick for June/July 2013.

Nov 27, 2013
  • HujeBohoc rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This collection of interconnected stories gets better and better as you go on. When you finish the last story, you feel like you're parting with someone you have known for a long time.

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