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This Is How You Lose Her [Paperback]

Junot Diaz
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Book Description

6 Sep 2012
Junot Diaz's new collection, This Is How You Lose Her, is a collection of linked narratives about love - passionate love, illicit love, dying love, maternal love - told through the lives of New Jersey Dominicans, as they struggle to find a point where their two worlds meet. In prose that is endlessly energetic and inventive, tender and funny, it lays bare the infinite longing and inevitable weaknesses of the human heart. 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.'

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (6 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571294197
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571294190
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'An absolute treat slangily inventive, infectiously exuberant stories about love and infidelity among the Dominican-American community in New Jersey.' --Justine Jordan, The Guardian Books of the Year

'Díaz's impressive collection of short stories charts the end of love from first doubts, through the dreamlike state of splitting up, to the regret and suffering that follows. Centred around his frequent protagonist, Yunior, Díaz's stories portray love as both an all-encompassing force and a fatally compromised state.' --George Pendle, Financial Times Books of the Year

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A new collection from Junot Diaz, Pulitzer Prize winner and bestselling author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, about the haunting, impossible power of love.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Put this at the top of your reading list ! 17 Sep 2012
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If you've read the other books by Junot Diaz - "Drown" and "Oscar Wao," you know what to expect: Diaz can really, really write.

This book is a interconnected collection of short stories, all but one about Yunior, the Dominican kid of his previous books, "Drown" and "Oscar Wao".

Through the stories we meet Yunior's family, his pain of losing his brother to cancer, his hopes and dreams even as he hopelessly screws them all up because Yunior can always find another way to lose his woman.

If you haven't read the other books, and you don't know Yunior, in the firts story "The Sun, The Moon, The Stars," he introduces himself : "I'm not a bad guy. I know how that sounds - defensive, unscrupulous - but it's true. I'm like everyone else - weak, full of mistakes, but basically good."

Yes, maybe Yunior is like everyone else, but Diaz certainly is not like everyone else: JUNOT DIAZ IS A WRITER.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great stories 26 April 2013
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Highly engaging, easy-to-read short stories from the Spanish speaking part of the US, the young ones who don't have much and know it. I especially like the stories about those who are new Americans, legal or not, and struggling to find a place of their own in this country. The stories are also about sex, relationships, family and growing - and though they stay very true to their particular "barrio" everybody can relate.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Writing 29 Mar 2013
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These stories are written in a wonderfully racy colloquial Spanglish. The writing is unique and intriguing, often excellent.

The book gives the reader a great insight into the life of the immigrant Dominican community to the USA. All of the stories - bar one - are about a teenage boy/man called Yunior. One can only assume that Yunior is the author Juniot Diaz himself, especially in the final story 'The Cheater's Guide to Love.'

My only criticsm is that beacuse they are all about the same character - Yunior - they tend to become somewhat tiresome if you try to read one directly after another. My advice would be to take a break between each story.

Overall, excellent.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Promises, promises. 20 Dec 2012
By Sue Kichenside TOP 500 REVIEWER
Following on from his successful The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Dìaz now brings us a slight tease of a book. Loosely interlinked narratives, chronologically random, not quite short stories, not quite a novel. There's no doubt the guy can write; thrillingly, in fact.

Essentially, the book is about the main narrator's many love affairs which inevitably end badly after a string of broken promises. But it's the death of his brother that is at the book's heart, betraying a rueful tenderness beneath the laugh out loud moments, of which there are many.

Be aware: there's a lot of Dominican Spanish slang in this book. A glossary would have been handy. But on the other hand, perhaps it's all part of the author's brilliant plan to leave the reader feeling somewhat out of the loop - much as the Dominicans themselves feel like outsiders in New York. It's easy enough to catch the meaning, though, and it certainly adds an unusual piquancy to the flavour.

One feels that Junot Dìaz's writing has the promise of a masterpiece. Sadly, this book isn't it but he's definitely a writer to keep a beady eye on.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A vibrant book but not one for every reader 1 July 2014
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Junot Díaz's narrative voice is unique, binding together English and Spanish, street vocabulary, swearing and patois from the Caribbean/Dominican Republic. His language is violent, often reducing women to objects and there is frequent use of `pussy', `bitches' and `sluts' that many readers will find objectionable. However, in my reading Díaz makes it clear that this is not how the world and relationships should be.

As there is no translation or explanation of the non-English words and phrases, this might appear to be a tough read, even though the book is barely over 200 pages long. I read these stories, that range from 5 [`Alma'] to almost 40 [`The Cheater's Guide to Love'] pages, through and then went back to re-read them with the aid of Google-translation. Significantly, Junot's first collection of short stories included translations. It would certainly be a loss, especially for lovers of the short story, to put the book aside for being too difficult.

Díaz is not prolific, his debut book of short stories, `Drown' appeared in 1996 followed by a novel, `The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao', 2007, and now this second collection, published in 2012. Those familiar with the author's earlier books will recognise the narrator, Yunior de las Casas, who is serially unfaithful. The characters are mainly migrants, children of migrants or white trash who live in the shabby areas of town.

The theme connecting the stories is relationships and their breakdown, and the setting mainly New Jersey. In some, Yunior is centre stage, as in `The Pura Principle' where we see his brother, Rafa, in the final stages of his battle against cancer.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great voice, a little bit wasted 10 Jun 2014
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The narrative voice here is incredible - electric, engaging, fun, sad... Unfortunately I didn't much get on with the content. This is essentially a collection of short stories on a theme (infidelity and crumbling relationships), and it feels a bit too repetitive and bitty to get fully involved with many of the characters. Am very tempted to read his other books though...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book and came in great condition
Book came in great condition and I loved reading it, although slightly made me lose faith in monogamy and love...
Published 2 months ago by Miss FK Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant writing
Not happy stories, but a great combination of fantastic writing and interesting subject matter (the Santo Dominican community in New Jersey) make this very readable.
Published 4 months ago by Laura
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
An entertaining plot for a rainy day in which the author gives a decent account of the environment and Latin culture.
Published 4 months ago by Renata Lopes Vincent
4.0 out of 5 stars Relationships are difficult
Everyone bears the scars of old relationships, but not everyone can share the pain easily enough to empathize with the writer, even when he was in the wrong!
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab-u-lous
Wonderful, Diaz writes the way people make you feel, you cannot book this book down and then you just have to pick up the stories and start again. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Clare Stephens-White
3.0 out of 5 stars A Manual on How Not To Be
Nine stories comprise This Is How You Lose Her, all but one about Yunior, a Dominican-American sex hound. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ken Brimhall
4.0 out of 5 stars Full Colour Formula
'There are many formulas.' So goes a line from the narrator of a story about a guy trying to get over losing a woman who dumped him for his serial cheating. Read more
Published 10 months ago by PP Prong
4.0 out of 5 stars "One bright day...he will wake up and decide it's all wrong...I'm...
Consisting of nine short stories, all of which are about love, This is How You Lose Her describes whole worlds within the title itself. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mary Whipple
4.0 out of 5 stars engaging
I got this collection of stories for my husband, as we had both enjoyed Drown and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.. Read more
Published 12 months ago by T. Finnegan
5.0 out of 5 stars Typical Junot Diaz
What you'd expect from a collection of Junot Diaz short stories. If you haven't read them before you should. Read more
Published 13 months ago by chris
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