THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE HER
Junot Díaz succeeds in creating a character that you will both love and hate in This Is How You Lose Her. Díaz’s Yunior serves as his alter ego (and also appears in Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao) and allows him to muse on love, dating, masculinity, and cultural identity within short stories that give you snapshots of his life. While the narrative may seem disjointed at first, Díaz’s voice is so cohesive it’s easy to follow. Each section can be appreciated on its own (and most of the stories were published individually), but combined they sketch a better portrait of Díaz’s psyche. By the final, sprawling story, you’ll feel permanently linked to Yunior and, by extension, Díaz.