Synopsis: “On a beach in the Dominican Republic, a doomed relationship flounders. In the heat of a hospital laundry room in New Jersey, 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: artistic Alma; the aging Miss Lora; Magdalena, who thinks all Dominican men are cheaters; and the love of his life, whose heartbreak ultimately becomes his own.
In prose that is endlessly energetic, inventive, tender, and funny, the stories in This Is How You Lose Her 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.'”
Review: I don’t have much to say about this book, and not in a bad way.
I think Juno Díaz really knows what he’s doing with his craft in creating characters like Yunior and following them throughout certain points in their lives. Every character in this collection was full of life, the descriptions were beautiful, and I was intrigued by Yunior’s inner-most thoughts while he was dealing with everything going on around him.
A good portion of the vocabulary and some names and things were in Spanish, along with slang terms and ideas that I had never heard of before. I think this book excels at mixing the culture of the Dominican Republic and the United States, which is something that isn’t seen very often.