This Is How You Lose Her
Finalist for the 2012 National Book 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, and many more...
From the award-winning author, a stunning collection that celebrates the haunting, impossible power of love. On a beach in the Dominican Republic, a doomed relationship flounders. In a New Jersey laundry room, 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 irrepressible, irresistible Yunior, a young hardhead whose longing for love is equaled only by his recklessness--and by the extraordinary women he loves and loses. In prose that is endlessly energetic, inventive, tender, and funny, these stories lay bare the infinite longing and inevitable weakness of the human heart. They remind us that passion always triumphs over experience, and that "the half-life of love is forever."
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About the Author
"In Díaz'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... [Díaz 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 "Díaz 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 [Díaz 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 Díaz 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 Díaz's signature searing voice, loveable/despicable characters and so-true-it-hurts goodness." -Flavorwire "Díaz 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... Díaz'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 Díaz'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 Díaz, 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) "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... Fast-paced, 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) "Díaz's third book is as stunning as its predecessors. These stories are hard and sad, but in Díaz'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 [Díaz's] 2007 Pulitzer winner, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao." -Bookpage "In This Is How You Lose Her, Díaz writes with subtlety and grace, once again demonstrating his remarkable facility for developing fully-realized and authentic characters with an economical rawness... Díaz 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 "Díaz 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