Sunday, December 16, 2012

Junot Díaz

Though it didn't make The New York Times' 10 Best Books Of 2012, Junot Díaz' latest, This Is How You Lose Her, made The Leopard list for one of the most enjoyable read of the year. Yunior, Díaz' protagonist, is a young Dominican -American man who goes through life's trials and tribulations in these cleverly written and winning stories bringing to mind the old Langston Hughes' Simple tales - an everyman of his culture,  just doing what comes natural.

A short collection of stories, Lose Her doesn't have the heft and ambition of his Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winning novel The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao, but in it's own way just as satisfying in it's own neat, compact way. Call it portable Díaz. 

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