Wednesday, December 1, 2010

eighty-eight

Drown

After reading Junot Diaz's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, I had to give his earlier collection of short stories a shot. His clear, economical voice has the same authenticity in these stories as it did in Oscar. Thoroughly enjoyed them, from the childhood memories in the DR to the portraits of drug dealers, victims of childhood pig attacks, pool table deliverymen, and immigrants, to a guide to dating girls from different socioeconomic backgrounds (and what to hide in your house for each kind). Some of his characters have a bit of the self-destructive loathing (paired with incisive social observations) that I love about Chuck Palahniuk's writing.

Highly recommended - I'll be waiting for Junot Diaz's next book with bated breath.

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