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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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    Scott USA 01-07-13
    Scott USA 01-07-13 Member Since 2010

    “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies…The man who never reads lives only one.” (George R. R. Martin)

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    "Terrific Collection of Short Stories"
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    I wasn’t sure what to expect with Junot Diaz’s follow up to “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” which is one of my favorite audiobooks and one of my favorite novels. I also wasn’t too keen on Junot Diaz’s narration at first, mostly because Jonathan Davis’s narration of Oscar Wao was so good but I quickly grew to like it. To me, “This Is How You Lose Her” exists somewhere between Oscar Wao and “Drown.” I felt that the short stories were less minimalistic than in “Drown” but they took place in the same universe as some characters featured in both books make appearances – mostly the character Yunior. I guarded myself before listening to this collection because I thought an audiobook of short stories couldn’t live up to the grandeur of Oscar Wao but fortunately I was pleasantly surprised. The stories here are great.

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    Andrew Portland, ME, United States 12-02-12
    Andrew Portland, ME, United States 12-02-12 Member Since 2012
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    "What a voice! Both figuratively and literally..."

    It is such a pleasure to hear an author read their own work. And doubly so when the work is of such quality.

    Not all of the interconnected stories in this book are of the high standard f the title story, but Junot Diaz just nails it most of the time. He strips away so much artifice in his writing, and speaks so cleanly and clearly about relationship. His reading of the work is clean and clear and without artifice as well.

    My only complaint is with the producer and director - on a couple of occasions the edits are really sloppy - the pitch of the inserted word or phrase is really off. Just not professional quality work.

    Anyway - it was great to listen to this audiobook and I highly recommend it.

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    wminot 11-30-12
    wminot 11-30-12
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    "Junot Diaz Reads As Well As He Writes"
    If you could sum up This Is How You Lose Her in three words, what would they be?

    Brilliantly written moving


    What did you like best about this story?

    The humanity and richness of each of his characters.


    What about Junot Díaz’s performance did you like?

    He didn't perform. He read his story as if he was telling you about it. One on one.


    If you could take any character from This Is How You Lose Her out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The narrator, because he looks at life all around him, (not just at his own belly button), with understanding and compassion.You can feel the icy, treacherous shards of ice under the feet. The Promised Land comes at great cost, if it comes at all.

    I read to learn, and in his cool, wry way Diaz delivers on every page.


    Any additional comments?

    I send this book over and over as a thank you note. Also, it is wonderful because when have to, you can pick it up and put it down. There is no catch up time. You hear his voice and you are right there.

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    Animal friendly 11-29-12 Member Since 2008
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    "A wonderful writer with a unique voice"

    Junot Diaz is a wonderful writer who gives a strong voice to Dominican culture. He writes about a world I've not experienced, but it rings true. The stories are sad and funny, mean and generous, and to hear Diaz read them himself is a special treat.

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    KismetKat11 11-27-12
    KismetKat11 11-27-12 Member Since 2007

    My favorite genre is Mysteries. Thank you Audible for keeping me company on my commute, doing chores, etc. What a treat!

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    "I don't get it"

    I think Junot Diaz is a gifted writer, but I don't feel I was his target audience. I didn't like any of the characters and didn't feel badly when their relationships fell apart. ****SPOILER ALERT**** All of the men were cheaters, all of them. All but maybe one or two of the women were users. If this is Junot Diaz's reality, then I feel really badly for him. I guess it would make anyone cynical. I didn't enjoy it and couldn't recommend it to anyone.

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    Jackie New York, NY United States 11-19-12
    Jackie New York, NY United States 11-19-12 Listener Since 2003
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    "Fabuloso"
    Would you consider the audio edition of This Is How You Lose Her to be better than the print version?

    I love audio books because they allow me to knit and read at the same time. Since this was narrated by the author, it ensured that the perspective of the author came through.


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

    The most memorable for me is when Rafi works in the yarn store. He has absolutely nothing in common with any of the ladies there, however, he still insists on overcoming his illness.


    Which character – as performed by Junot Díaz – was your favorite?

    Of course, Yunior was my favorite. However, I loved Rafi.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes it is.


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    Joan Price 11-05-12
    Joan Price 11-05-12

    Joan Price, author

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    "Love the author's reading!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a popular book right now, deservedly so. I enjoyed it thoroughly.


    What did you like best about this story?

    We don't usually get the inside scoop on what goes on in the mind of a "cheating" guy, how he justifies it and regrets it, how he deals with the challenges of his life -- upbringing, dying brother, and much more. I liked the linked story format -- we meet him at different times of his life, and we piece together how all of these experiences made him the person he is.


    What about Junot Díaz’s performance did you like?

    Fabulous performance. He brought his character to life with his reading, his accent, his idiosyncrasies.


    If you could rename This Is How You Lose Her, what would you call it?

    A Cheater's Life Revealed


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended.

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    Nina 11-05-12
    Nina 11-05-12
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    "Very very short stories"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The author reads well and is interesting to listen to. As an author he should stick to a male point of view. There is some fairly graphic descriptions of sexual activity which are totally appropriate to the stories.


    Would you recommend This Is How You Lose Her to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, for a short listn


    What about Junot Díaz’s performance did you like?

    I loved his natural accent and it was easy to distinguish the variou characters.


    Was This Is How You Lose Her worth the listening time?

    Yes.


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    Adrianna Ikeda, Japan 10-31-12
    Adrianna Ikeda, Japan 10-31-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing author-narration"
    Where does This Is How You Lose Her rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    So far the best narration among all audiobooks I have listened to!!


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

    Cather of the Rye, Extremely Close Incredibly Loud


    Any additional comments?

    Amazing opening, amazing narration, feels like listening to an amazing life-stories while sitting down with friends.

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    Ried H. Cartwright cincinnati 10-30-12
    Ried H. Cartwright cincinnati 10-30-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Love this guy."
    If you could sum up This Is How You Lose Her in three words, what would they be?

    Raw, Sad, Smart


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

    no idea, but it left me with the same sad feeling as the Great Gatsby.


    What about Junot Díaz’s performance did you like?

    I like the way he talks. So raw and then he'll throw in a SAT word. Lots of fun.


    If you could rename This Is How You Lose Her, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't do that.


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