Drown (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Jul 1, 1997 - Fiction - 224 pages
1043 Reviews
"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




  

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This book was very hard to read. - Goodreads
Supremely good prose. - Goodreads
This was an overall great change of pace. - Goodreads
There are really no happy endings in Drown. - Goodreads
Diaz's writing ability is inspiring. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Katie - Goodreads

Drown focuses on the early life of Yunior, Junot Diaz's constant narrator, sympathetic fuck-up, and overall complex, believable character. It was also the only book of his I hadn't read. My excitement ... Read full review

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User Review  - Margaret - Goodreads

I have experienced Díaz's works totally out of order. I first read "This is How You Lose Her," then "Oscar Wao," and have just finished his first, "Drown." I find it endearing and interesting that ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
23
Section 3
47
Section 4
69
Section 5
91
Section 6
111
Section 7
121
Section 8
143
Section 9
153
Section 10
163
Section 11
210
Section 12
211
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About the author (1997)

Junot Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Drown; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist. He is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, PEN/Malamud Award, Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, and PEN/O. Henry Award. A graduate of Rutgers College, Díaz is currently the fiction editor at Boston Review and the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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