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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (18,129 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Junot Díaz Narrator: Junot Díaz Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Junot Díaz burst into the literary world with Drown, a collection of indelible stories that revealed a major new writer with the “eye of a journalist and the tongue of a poet” (Newsweek). His eagerly awaited first novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, arrived like a thunderclap, topping best-of-the-year lists and winning a host of major awards, including the Pulitzer Prize. Now Díaz turns his prodigious talent to the haunting, impossible power of love.

The stories in This Is How You Lose Her, by turns hilarious and devastating, raucous and tender, lay bare the infinite longing and inevitable weaknesses of our all-too-human hearts. They capture the heat of new passion, the recklessness with which we betray what we most treasure, and the torture we go through—“the begging, the crawling over glass, the crying”—to try to mend what we’ve broken beyond repair. They recall the echoes that intimacy leaves behind, even where we thought we did not care. They teach us the catechism of affections: that the faithlessness of the fathers is visited upon the children; that what we do unto our exes is inevitably done in turn unto us; and that loving thy neighbor as thyself is a commandment more safely honored on platonic than erotic terms. Most of all, these stories remind us that the habit of passion always triumphs over experience, and that “love, when it hits us for real, has a half-life of forever.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Junot Díaz  writes 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 Díaz  subject: what it means to belong to a diaspora, to live out the possibilities and ambiguities of perpetual insider/outsider status.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Impressive…comic in its mopiness, charming in its madness and irresistible in its heartfelt yearning.”

    Washington Post

  • “In Díaz’s magisterial voice, the trials and tribulations of sex-obsessed objectifiers become a revelation.”

    Boston Globe

  • “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 Díaz’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

  • “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.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “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, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Searing, irresistible new stories…It’s a harsh world Díaz conjures but one filled also with beauty and humor and buoyed by the stubborn resilience of the human spirit.”


  • “Scooch over, Nathan Zuckerman. New Jersey has bred a new literary bad boy.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Ribald, streetwise, and stunningly moving—a testament, like most of his work, to the yearning, clumsy ways young men come of age.”


  • A Kirkus Reviews Top 25 Book, September 2012
  • A 2012 Slate Magazine Best Book: Staff Pick
  • A 2012 Kansas City Star Top 100 Book for Fiction
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Selected for the November 2012 Indie Next List
  • One of the 2012 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books for Fiction
  • A 2012 Barnes & Noble Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2012 Washington Post Notable Book for Fiction
  • An 2012 Entertainment Weekly Best Book for Fiction
  • One of Newsday’s Favorite Books of the Year in 2012
  • A 2012 Booklist Editors’ Choice Selection for Fiction
  • A 2012 BookPage Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2012 eMusic Best Audiobook of the Year
  • A 2012 Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Fiction
  • A 2012 Publishers Weekly Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2012 ALA Notable Book
  • A 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2012 Story Prize for Short Fiction Finalist
  • A 2012 National Book Award Finalist
  • A 2012 New York Times Book Review Notable Book

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Anthony Landi | 1/31/2014

    " Not quite as good as Oscar Wao, but a good book nonetheless. Gives much more details about Yunior's life, which is pretty interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lisa Filipczak | 1/13/2014

    " A gritty and profane book, yet also surprisingly appealing. The main character is Yunior is from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic who lives in New Jersey and later Boston as a professor. The book chronicles his stories of love, loss and growing up in a Latino family and community. I would recommend it but some may find the language shocking so don't suggest it to your mom. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kdemart | 1/12/2014

    " This book is about Yunior and the way he loves people - his brother, mother, and women. Written as short stories, the book goes quickly but the nuance and subtleties what traps you. It's hard to like Yunior but it's clear he doesn't like himself that much either. Truly a great and different writer, Diaz has his own style, much like James Frey. A really enjoyable read that - if you're not Hispanic - is an education in Dominican and immigrant culture in the US. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Elle M. | 12/16/2013

    " what a train wreck! "

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