This Is How You Lose Her

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A Pulitzer Prize winner turns his prodigious talent to the haunting, impossible power of love. Hilarious and devastating, raucous and tender, these stories lay bare the infinite longing and inevitable weaknesses of our all-too-human hearts.

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Publisher Penguin Group USA
Mfg Part# 9781594487361
SKU 229215418
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 1594487367
Release Date 9/11/2012
Author Info
Junot Diaz
When he was 8 years old, Junot Diaz emigrated from the Dominican Republic to New Jersey, where he grew up in poverty. After graduating from Cornell University, he published a collection of short stories, DROWN (1996), to critical acclaim. It would be 11 more years before Diaz's debut novel appeared, but it was time well spent. THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO (2007) received tremendous praise and won the Pulitzer Prize for Literature.
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"Raw and honest, these stories pulsate with raspy ghetto hip-hop and the subtler yet more vital echo of the human heart." (starred review)
"[S]harply observed and morally challenging."
"In describing the particulars of one Dominicano's often frustrated attempts to achieve romantic stability, Díaz deploys a universal language of the human condition."
"Diaz banks on the appeal of his characters to balance their less palatable qualities: cruelty, abuse, infidelity. From story to story, he brandishes the force of these voices, almost always to strong effect. This complexity is one of the greatest appeals of Diaz's work."
"His prose style is so irresistible, so sheerly entertaining, it risks blinding readers to its larger offerings. Yet he weds form so ideally to content that instead of blinding us, it becomes the very lens through which we can see the joy and suffering of the signature Diaz subject: what it means to belong to a diaspora, to live out the possibilities and ambiguities of perpetual insider/outsider status."
"[A] miniaturist performance--a modest, musically structured riff that works variations on one main subject: a young Dominican man's womanizing and its emotional fallout."
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Editors Note  Junot Díaz burst into the literary world with Drown, a collection of indelible stories that revealed a major new writer with the "eye of a journalist and the tongue of a poet" (Newsweek). His eagerly awaited first novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, arrived like a thunderclap, topping best-of-the-year lists and winning a host of major awards, including the Pulitzer Prize. Now Díaz turns his prodigious talent to the haunting, impossible power of love.||The stories in This Is How You Lose Her, by turns hilarious and devastating, raucous and tender, lay bare the infinite longing and inevitable weaknesses of our all-too-human hearts. They capture the heat of new passion, the recklessness with which we betray what we most treasure, and the torture we go through - "the begging, the crawling over glass, the crying" - to try to mend what we've broken beyond repair. They recall the echoes that intimacy leaves behind, even where we thought we did not care. They teach us the catechism of affections: that the faithlessness of the fathers is visited upon the children; that what we do unto our exes is inevitably done in turn unto us; and that loving thy neighbor as thyself is a commandment more safely honored on platonic than erotic terms. Most of all, these stories remind us that the habit of passion always triumphs over experience, and that ?love, when it hits us for real, has a half-life of forever.?
Annotation Junot Diaz made a splash with his debut novel, THE BRIEF AND WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO. With this, his second collection of short stories, Diaz returns to a narrative voice that will be familiar to his readers. Most of the stories in THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE HER are told in the first person by a young Dominican man known as Yunior. With Diaz's characteristic intelligence and sense of humor, Yunior details his failed attempts at love, along the way revealing much about his family, his attitude toward women, and because of Diaz's ability to hop between the particular and the expansive, much about our contemporary moment.
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