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Author: Junot Díaz Narrator: Junot Díaz Publisher: Penguin Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2012 ISBN: 9781101579428
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Finalist for the 2012 National Book Award

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 TimesEntertainment WeeklyThe LA TimesNewsday, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, the iTunes bookstore, and many more...  "Electrifying." –The New York Times Book Review  Exhibits the potent blend of literary eloquence and street cred that earned him a Pulitzer Prize… Díaz’s prose is vulgar, brave, and poetic.”O Magazine 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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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.”

    People

  • “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.”

    Vogue

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anthony | 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 Lisa | 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 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 Elle | 12/16/2013

    " what a train wreck! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 12/14/2013

    " Very well written. I loved that each chapter was its own short story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 12/5/2013

    " Wonderful book. Lovely to read something that doesn't fit any category. And, yeah, the narrator can teach you a lot about how to lose her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Virginia | 11/12/2013

    " As usual, Diaz delivers electric, honest prose. He experiments with different forms and chronicles his life through love, all different forms of love, told with a fresh, original voice. I could not put this book down and I only wish it was longer so I had more to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lillian | 11/11/2013

    " Would give 5 but just didn't feel connected to any of the characters. The setting was more real to me...surface stories...atmospheric. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peg | 10/26/2013

    " Comfortable Reading -- like you're in your recliner listening to the author talk. I liked t5hat the conversations were sprinkled with lots of Dominican Republidc street slang. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dede | 10/17/2013

    " This was an especially good audiobook, read by the author. I gave it 4 stars because the narration was so well done. I'm sure I missed a bit in translation of some of the Spanish expressions, but the meaning was pretty well conveyed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 8/27/2013

    " Loved the style of writing and the shift in POV. You love and hate the men of this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sabeeha | 8/10/2013

    " I love this author's voice. Smart yet casual and you can really feel his characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annaka | 8/9/2013

    " Really good, but I missed Oscar. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victor | 7/9/2013

    " Damn, homey can still write. great stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Whitney | 7/8/2013

    " A book about a Dominican man who cheats on everyone he dates, regardless if he is in love or not. Interesting perspective, but the main characters are far from sympathetic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 6/25/2013

    " Read this in just a few days. Enjoyed it so much. i reserved his other book a pullitzer prize best fiction of 2007 book The Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao. Looking forward to it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 4/13/2013

    " Some moments of poignancy but ultimately I didn't feel invested in any of the characters, especially the protagonist in most of the stories, Yunior. I learned a bit about Dominican culture but ultimately feel like I just watched an interesting documentary, rather than read a great story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mollyj | 3/7/2013

    " This book was great. Although short stories, it had a woven thread throughout and kept my attention the entire time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 3/4/2013

    " The last story (the one published in the NYer) is terrific and the rest are solid, but it just didn't grab me. I thought "Oscar Wao" was incredible, so perhaps my expectations were too high. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lori | 2/15/2013

    " Meh. Well written but didn't really care about the protagonist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andy | 10/1/2012

    " I enjoyed the writing, and the New Jersey setting but overall this was not really my sort of thing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindy | 9/27/2012

    " Not a very reflective work. No lessons, no change. Kind of a self-indulgent blog of the result of a defective hormone off-switch. Wouldn't have finished it if not for book club. Soldiered on. "

About the Author

Junot Díaz is the author of several critically acclaimed books, including The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist. He is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, PEN/Malamud Award, Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, and O. Henry Award. A graduate of Rutgers College, he is fiction editor at Boston Review and the Rudge and is the Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.