Drown by Junot Diaz

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"This stunning collection of stories offers an unsentimental glimpse of life among the immigrants from the Dominican Republic--and other front-line reports on the ambivalent promise of the American dream--by an eloquent and original writer who describes more than physical dislocation in conveying the price that is paid for leaving culture and homeland behind." --San Francisco Chronicle.

Junot Diaz's stories are as vibrant, tough, unexotic, and beautiful as their settings - Santa Domingo, Dominican Neuva York, the immigrant neighborhoods of industrial New Jersey with their gorgeously polluted skyscapes. Places and voices new to our literature yet classically American: coming-of-age stories full of wild humor, intelligence, rage, and piercing tenderness. And this is just the beginning. Diaz is going to be a giant of American prose. --Francisco Goldman

Ever since Diaz began publishing short stories in venues as prestigious as The New Yorker, he has been touted as a major new talent, and his debut collection affirms this claim. Born and raised in Santo Domingo, Diaz uses the contrast between his island homeland and life in New York City and New Jersey as a fulcrum for his trenchant tales. His young male narrators are teetering into precarious adolescence. For these sons of harsh or absent fathers and bone-weary, stoic mothers, life is an unrelenting hustle. In Santo Domingo, they are sent to stay with relatives when the food runs out at home; in the States, shoplifting and drugdealing supply material necessities and a bit of a thrill in an otherwise exhausting and frustrating existence. There is little affection, sex is destructive, conversation strained, and even the brilliant beauty of a sunset is tainted, its colors the product of pollutants. Keep your eye on Diaz; his first novel is on the way. --Booklist


About Junot Diaz

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Junot Díaz es el autor de una colección de relatos Negocios, y sus obras han aparecido en New Yorker, The Paris Review, y la antología de los mejores relatos breves Best American Short Stories. Ha recibido el Premio Pen/ Malamud, el Premio de Ficción del National Books Critics Circle, el Premio Anisfield-Wolf y el Premio Pulitzer de Ficción. Nació en Santo Domingo, República Dominicana, creció en Nueva Jersey, y vive entre Nueva York y Boston, donde es editor de ficción de la revista Boston Review y profesor en la universidad MIT.
Published July 1, 1997 by Riverhead Books. 226 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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 D°az's first collection of ten stories, some having appeared in the New Yorker and Story, is certain to draw attention for its gritty view of life in the barrios of the Dominican Republic and rough neighborhoods of urban New Jersey.

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The 10 tales in this intense debut collection plunge us into the emotional lives of people redefining their American identity. Narrated by adolescent Dominican males living in the struggling communiti

Jul 29 1996 | Read Full Review of Drown

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""Ysrael'' will be included in Best American Short Stories 1996 and ""Edison, NJ"" will appear in the summer 1996 issue of the Paris Review.

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The best short stories are like windows: Though they allow you to see only one vista, a sense of the greater surroundings is always there.

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