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This Is How You Lose Her
 
 
Author
Junot Diaz.
Publisher Riverhead  
Format hardcover, First Edition, Signed Bookplate
ISBN 9781594487361
Pages/Publication Date 213/2012
Daedalus Item Code 29494
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(First Edition, Signed Bookplate) (2012 National Book Award Finalist and one of the New York Times Book Review's 100 Notable Books of 2012) The winner of a Pulitzer Prize for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, as well as the National Book Critic's Circle Award, the PEN/Malamud Award, the PEN/O. Henry Prize, and the Anisfield-Wolf Award, Junot Díaz gives us this fast-moving, heartbreaking collection of linked stories about the impossible power of love. 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 maddening, irrepressible Yunior, a young hardhead whose longing for love is equaled only by his recklessness—and by the extraordinary women he loves and loses. Charting the infinite longing and inevitable weakness of the human heart, Díaz clearly shows us how "the half-life of love is forever."

"Yunior might some day rank with Philip Roth's Nathan Zuckerman or John Updike's Harry Angstrom as an enduring American literary protagonist who embodies the peculiar struggle men face as they make their way through their lives and the lives of the women they implicate in their folly. Yet Díaz inflects this struggle with the complicated particulars of cultural exile, of want and of the bravado that is born of fear. This Is How You Lose Her is as funny as it is brutal, as complex as it is candid. It is an engrossing, ambitious book for readers who demand of their fiction both emotional precision and linguistic daring."—NPR

"Díaz'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.... Unflinching, complexly funny, street-talking tough, perfectly made, and deeply sensitive, Díaz'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)

 
 
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