This Is How You Lose Her: Junot Díaz’s Brief & Wondrous Stories of Loss

Side Note: This is my 100th post. Hooray.

Junot Díaz is on the global radar for the Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Pulitzer). Since I was in short story mode, I picked up This Is How You Lose Her.

thisishowThe collection is pretty much based around love and, of course, losing it.

Díaz’s voice is what really wins the day, however. It’s witty, powerful, and sticks out with its savage personality (whatever that means).

One takeaway for a writer is how well Diaz connected these stories. They all stand on their own, but after drowning yourself in his voice and characters and settings you start to see the little universe he creates. It’s very subtle.

I was a little bugged by the second person POV Diaz kept using. I kept thinking, “No, I don’t feel that way.” I see what he’s doing and blame myself for reading the collection too quickly to begin with. (Again, something you probably shouldn’t do.)

I look forward to reading Diaz’s other books, like Drown (which I heard was a better read).

About Brennan Reid (100 Articles)
I'm Illinois born, Indiana educated, and writing for a living in Missouri.

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