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This Is How You Lose Her | [Junot Díaz]

This Is How You Lose Her

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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."

©2012 Junot Díaz (P)2012 Penguin Audiobooks

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    Tom Quirk 03-26-15
    Tom Quirk 03-26-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome"

    Junot Diaz stories are in unique first person accounts of modern life,love and death. His prose is visceral and brilliant, providing insight into the Dominican American experience in the Northeastern United States (New York and Boston), but more importantly the constant struggle of the human heart to satisfy both temporal and physical pleasures. Readers gain insight into all these aspects of life while at the same time being entertained by fascinating stories.

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    Erik Louisville, KY, United States 03-21-15
    Erik Louisville, KY, United States 03-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Memorable stories, compelling story writing"

    If you're in the mood for effectively written, heart-wrenching contemporary stories that might well leave you feeling sad, this is the collection for you. Note, I listened to the audiobook version, which earns an extra star for the author's earnest narration efforts.

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    Kristine Hall 02-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Relatable and Heart Wrenching"

    In perfect form, Junot Diaz relates to readers exactly how you lose her. We've all known guys like Junior. He is a sympathetic character who isn't perfect, isn't always nice, but who, through perfect storytelling, we come to love in spite of his flaws. Diaz as narrator adds the intended flavor to this masterpiece collection of shorts that is simply too good to miss.

    "You must learn her.

    You must know the reason why she is silent. You must trace her weakest spots. You must write to her. You must remind her that you are there. You must know how long it takes for her to give up. You must be there to hold her when she is about to.

    You must love her because many have tried and failed. And she wants to know that she is worthy to be loved, that she is worthy to be kept.

    And, this is how you keep her."

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    C. Nicole Trevino 02-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "loved it!"

    I love the way Junot Diaz reads this book! His personality makes the book come alive and it adds a lot of humor!

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    Olga 01-05-15
    Olga 01-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Painful and poetic"

    I read the reviews that were saying it was a sexist novel. Of course I didn't believe it because Junot Diaz is definitely is not a sexist. He talks about it and gives examples but how else to do bring up issues? By avoiding them? Seriously people, I don't know what you were thinking while writing this!
    I was fascinated my metaphors he uses all over the book, you have to listen to this!
    The book is filled with emotions. Great humor, overwhelming pain...
    Also Junot is a great narrator!

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    Geneva 09-03-14
    Geneva 09-03-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Excellent"
    If you could sum up This Is How You Lose Her in three words, what would they be?

    funny, humane, stirring


    What other book might you compare This Is How You Lose Her to and why?

    It has a lot in common with Oscar Wao, though it's less narratively straightforward and traditional. It feels more personal.


    What about Junot Díaz’s performance did you like?

    He has a warm, handsome voice that brings a lot to the personal feeling of this audiobook.


    Any additional comments?

    I really loved this book. Junot Diaz is an excellent author and I can't wait for more by him, especially his own readings.

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    Alex 04-28-14
    Alex 04-28-14
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    "It's no Oscar Wao"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I loved Oscar Wao and have given it as a gift to friends and family so I had high hopes for this new book. I simply didn't get it, there was a lot of cursing which didn't bother me, the stories just seemed disconnected and lacking.


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    Gabrielle United States 01-29-14
    Gabrielle United States 01-29-14
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    "Love and Self Loathing"
    If you could sum up This Is How You Lose Her in three words, what would they be?

    You won me.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of This Is How You Lose Her?

    When he actually says "this is how you lose her..."


    What does Junot Díaz bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice is so identifiable.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh out loud many times. It made me sick. It made me feel like I was actually inside the mind of every bad boyfriend I had in NYc. And it made me love Diaz even more than I did after Oscar Wao.


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    Wynne Griffith 09-21-13
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    "Very explicit story of young Dominican guy"
    Where does This Is How You Lose Her rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Junot Diaz's voice. His narrative. His perspective.


    What about Junot Díaz’s performance did you like?

    He made it "real".


    Who was the most memorable character of This Is How You Lose Her and why?

    Junot.


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    Molly APTOS, CA, United States 06-30-13
    Molly APTOS, CA, United States 06-30-13
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    "Amazing"
    Where does This Is How You Lose Her rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was an amazing, complicated, heart wrenching story. The author was was an incredible performer.


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