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This Is How You Lose Her Mass Market Paperback – 2 Jul 2013

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Penguin Lcc Us (2 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594631786
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594631788
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1.6 x 17.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 821,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Finalist for the 2012 National Book Award
Winner of the Sunday Times Short Story Award
A"Time "and "People "Top 10 Book of 2012
Finalist for the 2012 Story Prize
Chosen as a notable or best book of the year by "The New York Times," "Entertainment Weekly," "The LA Times," "Newsday," Barnes & Noble, Amazon, the iTunes bookstore, andmany more...""
Junot Diazwrites in an idiom so electrifying and distinct it s practically an act of aggression, at once enthralling, even erotic in its assertion of sudden intimacy [It is] a syncopated swagger-step between opacity and transparency, exclusion and inclusion, defiance and desire 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 Diazsubject: what it means to belong to a diaspora, to live out the possibilities and ambiguities of perpetual insider/outsider status. "The New York Times Book Review "
"Nobody does scrappy, sassy, twice-the-speed of sound dialogue better than Junot Diaz. His exuberant short story collection, called"This Is How You Lose Her," charts the lives of Dominican immigrants for whom the promise of America comes down to a minimum-wage paycheck, an occasional walk to a movie in a mall and the momentary escape of a grappling in bed." Maureen Corrigan, NPR
Exhibits the potent blend of literary eloquence and street cred that earned him a Pulitzer Prize Diaz s prose is vulgar, brave, and poetic. "O Magazine"
Searing, irresistible new stories It s a harsh worldDiaz conjures but one filled also with beauty and humor and buoyed by the stubborn resilience of the human spirit. "People "
Junot Diaz has one of the most distinctive and magnetic voices in contemporary fiction: limber, streetwise, caffeinated and wonderfully eclectic The strongest tales are those fueled by the verbal energy and magpie language that made "Brief Wondrous Life" so memorable and that capture Yunior s efforts to commute between two cultures, Dominican and American, while always remaining an outsider. Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times"
These stories are virtuosic, command performances that mine the deceptive, lovelorn hearts of men with the blend of tenderness, comedy and vulgarity of early Philip Roth. It's Diaz's voice that's such a delight, and it is every bit his own, a melting-pot pastiche of Spanglish and street slang, pop culture and Dominican culture, and just devastating descriptive power, sometimes all in the same sentence. "USA Today"
Impressive comic in its mopiness, charming in its madness and irresistible in its heartfelt yearning. "The Washington Post "
"The dark ferocity of each of these stories and the types of love it portrays is reason enough to celebrate this book. But the collection is also a major contribution to the short story form...It is an engrossing, ambitious book for readers who demand of their fiction both emotional precision and linguistic daring." NPR
The centripetal force of Diaz s sensibility and the slangy bar-stool confidentiality of his voice that he makes this hybridization feel not only natural and irresistible, but inevitable, the voice of the future ["This is How You Lose Her"] manages to be achingly sad and joyful at the same time. Its heart is true, even if Yunior s isn t. " Salon "
[A] propulsive new collection [that] succeeds not only because of the author's gift for exploring the nuances of the male but because of a writing style that moves with the rhythm and grace of a well-danced merengue. " Seattle Times
In Diaz s magisterial voice, the trials and tribulations of sex-obsessed objectifiers become a revelation. " The Boston Globe "
Scooch over, Nathan Zuckerman. New Jersey has bred a new literary bad boy A. " Entertainment Weekly "
Ribald, streetwise, and stunningly moving a testament, like most of his work, to the yearning, clumsy ways young men come of age. " Vogue"
[An] excellent new collection of stories [Diaz is] an energetic stylist who expertly moves between high-literary storytelling and fizzy pop, between geek culture and immigrant life, between romance and high drama. IndieBound
Taken together, [these stories ] braggadocio softens into something much more vulnerable and devastating. The intimacy and immediacy is not just seductive but downright conspiratorial A heartbreaker. "The Daily Beast"
"Diaz manages a seamless blend of high diction and low, of poetry and vulgarity Look no further for home truths on sex and heartbreak." "The Economist "
This collection of stories, like everything else [Diaz has] written, feels vital in the literal sense of the word. Tough, smart, unflinching, and exposed, "This is How You Lose Her "is the perfect reminder of why Junot Diaz won the Pulitzer Prize [He] writes better about the rapid heartbeat of urban life than pretty much anyone else." "The Christian Science Monitor "
Filled with Diaz s signature searing voice, loveable/despicable characters and so-true-it-hurts goodness. "Flavorwire"
Diaz writes with subtle and sharp brilliance He dazzles us with his language skills and his story-making talents, bringing us a narrative that is starkly vernacular and sophisticated, stylistically complex and direct A spectacular read. "Minneapolis Star-Tribune "
"["This is How You Lose Her"] has maturity in content, if not in ethical behavior Diaz s ability to be both conversational and formal, eloquent and plainspoken, to say brilliant things Trojan-horsed in slang and self-deprecation, has a way of making you put your guard completely down and be effected in surprising and powerful ways." "The Rumpus "
As tales of relationship redemption go, each of the nine relatable short stories in Junot Diaz's consummate collection "This Is How You Lose Her "triumphs Through interrogative second-person narration and colloquial language peppered with Spanish, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author authentically captures Junior's cultural and emotional dualities. "Metro"
Searing, sometimes hilarious, and always disarming Readers will remember why everyone wants to write like Diaz, bring him home, or both. Raw and honest, these stories pulsate with raspy ghetto hip-hop and the subtler yet more vital echo of the human heart. "Publishers Weekly "(starred review)
Diaz s standout fiction remains pinpoint, sinuous, gutsy, and imaginative Each taut tale of unrequited and betrayed love and family crises is electric with passionate observations and off-the-charts emotional and social intelligence Fast-paced, unflinching, complexly funny, street-talking tough, perfectly made, and deeply sensitive, Diaz s gripping stories unveil lives shadowed by prejudice and poverty and bereft of reliable love and trust. These are precarious, unappreciated, precious lives in which intimacy is a lost art, masculinity a parody, and kindness, reason, and hope struggle to survive like seedlings in a war zone. "Booklist "(starred review)
Diaz s third book is as stunning as its predecessors. These stories are hard and sad, but in Diaz s hands they also crackle. "Library Journal "(starred review)
Magnificent an exuberant rendering of the driving rhythms and juicy Spanglish vocabulary of immigrant speech sharply observed and morally challenging. "Kirkus "
A beautifully stirring look at ruined relationships and lost love and a more than worthy follow-up to [Diaz s] 2007 Pulitzer winner, "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao." "Bookpage"
"In"This Is How You Lose Her," Diaz writes with subtlety and grace, once again demonstrating his remarkable facility for developing fully-realized and authentic characters with an economical rawness...Diaz skillfully portrays his protagonist so vividly, and with so much apparent honesty, that Yunior s voice comes across with an immediacy that never once feels inauthentic." "California Literary Review"
"Diaz continues to dazzle with his dynamite, street-bruised wit. The bass line of this collection is a thumpingly raw and sexual foray into lives that claw against poverty and racism. It is a wild rhythm that makes more vivid the collection s heart-busted steadiness." "Dallas Morning News"
Praise for JunotDiaz
"One of contemporary fiction's most distinctive and irresistible voices." Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times
Talent this big will always make noise. "Newsweek

Graceful and raw and painful and smart... Thepages turn and all of a sudden you re done andyou want more. "The Boston Globe

Like Raymond Carver, Diaz transfiguresdisorder and disorientation with a rigoroussense of form... [He] wrings the heart with finely calibrated restraint. "The New York Times Book Review"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This Is How You Lose Her is a beautifully illustrated collector's edition of Junot Diaz's new collection about the haunting, impossible power of love. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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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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Nine sharp tales that tease out the title of this collection. Diaz brings back Yunior, the narrator of his Pulitzer-winning novel "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao", in these stories. In each of them, set mostly in New Jersey, as did the novel, Diaz draws attention to the working class Latino society, where first- and second- generation immigrants from the Dominican Republic navigate the unwieldy waters of courtship, sex, marriage and every other kind of man-woman relationships in-between.

Most of the tales have the men as focalisers and/or narrators, and Yunior and his older Brother Rafa appear in a number of them. Yunior is something of a would-be-stud, modelling himself after the boxer-slash-stud Rafa, who is not above bundling his girlfriends down to the basement bedroom he shares with Yunior for a night of passion, while their Mami is presumably oblivious to the shenanigans in her house. Yunior himself flits from girl to girl but it is with some tenderness that he documents the loss of a relationship (often due to his own promiscuity), and his attempts to salvage or get over it, especially in "The Sun, The Moon, The Stars" and "The Cheater's Guide to Love", the latter featuring him as an adult.

It is however the story of the boys as new immigrants in the States, "Invierno", that moves me. Diaz lays bare the bewilderment of the children at their new environment and the silent determination of their mother, Mami, who wants to believe that the life her husband and the children's Papi has given them, is and will be better, despite being trapped in their apartment as the wintry days wear on. By the end of that story, she has unravelled somewhat and a part of her is lost.
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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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From the title, it's clear that each of the short stories will end in heartbreak. Even though readers are aware of this from the start, the deterioration of each relationship will hit you. Themes that are common throughout Diaz's work reappear in these stories: machismo/masculinity, latinidad, the grittiness of North Jersey, (im)migration, blackness as it exists (or is resisted) in Dominican culture, misogyny, lust, complicated love, loss, etc. The stories aren't told in a linear fashion (since when has Diaz ever used linear plots anyway?). All are told from Yunior's perspective with the exception of "Otravida, Otravez." That story follows Dominican immigrant Yamin's life as a laundrywoman in a hospital and her complex relationship with her married lover. The language is a melange of Dominican Spanish and Black English (far less Sci-Fi speak than The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao). All of the stories are heavy, but the text is far from dense. I enjoyed the first and last stories the most, "The Sun, the Moon, the Stars" and "The Cheater's Guide to Love". It's quite befitting that the bookends are the most nuanced pieces.
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'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. The self-obsessed, womanising, hard-thinking, hard working Dominican American male is what Diaz knows best, and this humorous, linguistically creative and tender collection of short stories explores some of his more defining predicaments. Maleness, womanhood, passion, longing and family loyalties are touchstones in all of these loosely linked stories, and the writing is quick and sharp and laced with vernacular. At times I may have felt slightly challenged by Diaz's choice of phraseology, but that made the book more interesting and is possibly its cutting edge. Diaz seems sometimes to be brazenly reclaiming, in a highly literate articulation of the language and cultural mores of a specific community group, a certain perception of women and the right to flaunt stereotype. Maybe, maybe not. But this is Pulitzer prose, and Diaz's unique formula wins again because it appears so casual, terse and effortless.

The unfortunate garish cover of this edition (it is such a monstrous design choice) hides a great little insight into the Dominican American world, one that is full of real colour and character. Stick it on your shelf.
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