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|
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.”