ISBN13:978-1573226066 ISBN10: 1573226068 This edition has also been released as: ISBN13: 978-1573220415 ISBN10: 1573220418
Summary: With ten stories that move from the barrios of the Dominican Republic to the struggling urban communities of New Jersey, Junot Diaz makes his remarkable debut. In "Ysrael", two brothers hunt a disfigured boy who hides behind a mask; in "No Face", the mirror is flipped and perspective belongs to the tormented. In "Fiesta, 1980", a spirited family gathering plays against the noiseless hum of a father's infidelities. In "Boyfriend"
;, a young man eavesdrops on the woman next door and colors in the life overheard with the drama born of intense longing. And always, it seems there is the throb of waiting: in "Aguantando", for the fulfillment of a promise; in "Negocios", for rescue; in "Aurora", for respite; in "Drown", for resolution.
Summary: With ten stories that move from the barrios of the Dominican Republic to the struggling urban communities of New Jersey, Junot Diaz makes his remarkable debut. In "Ysrael", two brothers hunt a disfigured boy who hides behind a mask; in "No Face", the mirror is flipped and perspective belongs to the tormented. In "Fiesta, 1980", a spirited family gathering plays against the noiseless hum of a father's infidelities. In "Boyfriend", a young man eavesdrops on the woman next door and colors in the life overheard with the drama born of intense longing. And always, it seems there is the throb of waiting: in "Aguantando", for the fulfillment of a promise; in "Negocios", for rescue; in "Aurora", for respite; in "Drown", for resolution. ...show less
Edition/Copyright:96 Cover: Paperback Publisher:Berkley Publishing Corp. Published: 07/28/1997 International: No
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Diaz, Junot :
Junot Díaz, author of Drown, was born and raised in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic. In the past he has worked as a dishwasher, a pool table deliverer, a steelworker, and an editorial assistant. He received his BA from Rutgers University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Cornell. The 27-year-old Díaz now lives in Brooklyn, where he is at work on his forthcoming novel, to be published by Riverhead Books in 1997, called The Cheater's Guide to Love, about a young Latino making his way in New York.
Díaz's first two short stories appeared in Story magazine, and his subsequent two stories were published in The New Yorker. ''Ysrael'' will appear in Best American Short Stories 1996, and ''Edison, NJ'' appears in the summer 1996 issue of The Paris Review. In January 1996, Newsweek named Díaz one of ''the new faces of 1996,'' the only writer to be highlighted in the article.
"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. "
"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. "
Penguin USA, Inc. Web Site, February 2001
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Ysrael Fiesta, 1980 Aurora Aguantando Drown Boyfriend Edison, New Jersey How to Date a Browngirl, Blackgirl, Whitegirl, or Halfie No Face Negocios
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