This Is How You Lose Her

This Is How You Lose Her

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This is a collection of stories that explores the power of love in all its forms, obsessive love, illicit love, fading love, maternal love as it is shaped by passion, betrayal, and the echoes of intimacy.
On a beach in Santo Domingo, 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."
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, [2012]
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9781594487361
1594487367
Branch Call Number: FICTION DIAZ 2012
Characteristics: 213 pages ; 22 cm

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Diaz’s new set of stories goes further than the title implies, even though ‘loss’ is the theme that ties the tales together. The Dominican immigrant characters share similar fates at the end of each story: they lose their sense of who they are and their identity.

A collection of stories that explores the heartbreak and radiance of love, laying bare the infinite longing and inevitable weaknesses of our all-too-human hearts.


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alexkiki1
Sep 13, 2017

my sister has that book and she wants to check it out.

LPL_EliH Jul 25, 2017

Diaz grapples with toxic masculinity, writing about love, mistakes, and the unflattering and unfair things people do when they're led by emotion. For some readers, the sordid-macho perspective is too much of a turn off. That's fair. There is, though, a complex and perhaps necessary confrontation of cultural and sexual norms. Nevertheless, Diaz manages to craft a vivid,animated-- and of course funny-- story, as one would expect.

AL_BETHW Sep 09, 2016

Hide your sisters and daughters, it's the return of Yunior. It's almost as if he swaggered straight out of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, taking center stage in his own collection of disastrous love stories. Diaz does brilliant job warming you up to this intelligent, tender hearted, electric oversexed world of Dominican trouble... We meet Yunior's lovers through individual stories that are heart wrenching, hilarious, and absolutely deplorable. And yet, we still like him. A painfully fun read.

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elizali
Jul 11, 2016

Diaz uses common vernacular in beautiful rhythm that causes his writing to be raw and visceral. This book is sensual and the stories add depth to each other, as well as his other work. This is the first Diaz book I've read and I will definitely be reading more.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 04, 2016

It's easy to dismiss Diaz as a womanizing jerk given the subject matter of his novels. This one is no different. I wasn't sure what to think of Diaz myself until I met him. And once you can separate the author from the character, it's much easier to enjoy the wonderful writing. This Is How You Lose Her is perhaps his best.

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RadicalBradacal
May 28, 2015

I cannot get enough of Junot Diaz's writing. Emotional, simple, powerful, raw.

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Lucky_Luke
Dec 06, 2014

If you are in the mood for male angst. Unique voice, great accomplishment.

BCD2013 May 12, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
A collection of stories, a womanizing New Jersey Dominican reflects on his romantic adventures.
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kesunday
Apr 30, 2014

Very interesting set of intertwined short stories. Language and settings more suitable for an older audience.

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uncommonreader
Apr 12, 2014

Certainly these short stories are very well written, but why celebrate infidelity and this aspect of Dominican culture?

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TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 06, 2016

And that's when I know it's over. As soon as you start thinking about the beginning, it's the end.

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