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This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz
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Sep 20, 12

bookshelves: novels, short-stories
Read from September 17 to 20, 2012

I read this quickly because it just came out last week and I had a ticket to hear Junot Diaz at the MPR Talking Volumes event, aka "Book Nerds Getting Their Geek On."

How to describe? Diaz calls the book a collection of linked short stories or a loose novel. The central character is Yunior, a young immigrant from the Dominican Republic (as was Diaz in the early 70s). Yunior chronicles his failure to stay attached to one woman, but you aren't reading this for the plot. Diaz' voice is a combination of English professor and Dominican street slang (you might need your Urban Dictionary) and the result recalls spoken-word poetry; some of the passages just beg to be read aloud.

Highly recommended, and I also recommend listening to his interview with Kerri Miller on MPR, or whatever is left of it after they bleep out the curse words.

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