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Drown Paperback – July 1, 1997
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The stories set in the DR are from a youth's perspective, and have the unmistakable whiff of the autobiographical about them. In "Ysrael", the narrator and his brother are sent to the campo for the summer to live with relatives. There, they are casually cruel to a local boy whose face was disfigured by a pig. The boy later turns up as the subject of "No Face", which attempts to delve into his mind, with lesser effect than almost all the other stories. A third story, "Arguantando" follows the family from "Ysrael" as they wait to hear from their father, who has moved to the US. The final and longest story in the collection, "Negocios", explains the father's journey to the US and his many trials and tribulations before he can bring his family over.
The stories set in the US follow the young boy as he grows older in New Jersey-where shoplifting, drug dealing, and eventually work replace the poverty of the slums of Santa Domingo. "Fiesta, 1980" is the best car-sickness story you're likely to read and "How To Date" is a quick guide to interracial dating, perhaps overly flip when compared to the other stories. In "Aurora", a teenage drug dealer (the young boy grown older?Read more ›
I highly recommend this book for those with an interest in Latino and/or multicultural fiction, and for those who enjoy short story collections.
Very Highly Recommended !
Author of AZUCAR! The Story of Sugar (a novel)
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I listened to Junot Diaz's short story collection on four CDs at the gym. Every story is rich with detail and insight about the immigration experience especially an immigrant from... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sylviastel
Read excerpts from this book in high school and had to get and look at that just in time for ChristmasPublished 1 month ago by Tyler James-Clark
Short and deceptively simple stories, following the members of a Dominican republic family, and set both there and in their new home in New Jersey. Read morePublished 2 months ago by sally tarbox
Amazing....so much innuendo, and such a raw style of story telling. Gritty, at times dirty, yet so enjoyable. Read morePublished 4 months ago by annie
Quick, interesting read. Love the style Diaz writes in and his details.Published 4 months ago by Megan H.