Friday, June 28, 2013

This is How You Lose Her

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As I've said before, I'm reading more novels than short stories now. Perhaps because I' done with my first draft and am taking apart other novels to see how they were put together.

But every once in a while I pick up a collection of stories, and nowadays, you can't really ignore Junot Diaz. The library had all copies of This is How You Lose Her reserved for a while, but now that I've got my copy, I'm taking time off only for meals and other activities essential to life. And blogging as I have my dinner, of course.

Excerpt from 'This is How You Lose Her' by Junot Diaz


The hype isn't overrated. The voice is gorgeous, in-your-face, unapologetic, not worried about local slang in another language or swearing; and hypnotized like a mouse before a swaying cobra, neither is the reader. And the stories are poignant, funny, brash, ugly and beautiful at the same time.

I'm off to dive in again. See you on the other side. And oh, before I sign off, here's the blurb:

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 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.”

17 comments:

  1. This book sounds terrific, and the voice in that excerpt is fantastic. Thanks so much for the review. Looks like I have yet another book to add to my mile-long TBR list.

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    1. I've had it on my TBR and I finished it in a day flat.

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  2. Don't think its my thing although I enjoyed the excerpt.

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    1. Jo, the whole book works so much better because of the voice.

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  3. THANKS for the great review.

    Thanks also for stopping by my blog earlier.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My Blog

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    1. This is hardly a review, and I do like your blog.

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  4. It's the sort of writing that makes one read faster and faster . . .

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    1. I did read it quite fast and now want to read it again!

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  5. Its real writing from the heart that makes you want to read more.

    Hugs and chocolate,
    Shelly

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    1. I also think it is a lot of craft: such spontaneous writing can't be a first draft ;)

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  6. I've seen a lot of reviews for this book, but haven't read it as yet.

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    1. May your entire wish list materialise :)

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  8. I loved the excerpt, it sounds interesting!

    All the best!

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    1. It was very interesting. Thanks, Nas.

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  9. I loved the excerpt.
    Fab review. It makes me want to read it! I want to read so many books!!

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