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This review is from: This Is How You Lose Her (Paperback)
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.