Yunior, the entertaining Junot Diaz character, makes a return in This is How You Lose Her.
Yunior returns in latest Diaz novel This Is How You Lose Her
This Is How You Lose Her
Junot Diaz's latest work may be packaged as a collection of short stories new and old, but in reality it is essentially a sequel to his Pulitzer Prize-winning debut, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.
Diaz's winning character, the Dominican-American Yunior, returns and his narrated tales act as a manual on how to not treat a lady.
In The Sun, the Moon, the Stars, Yunior regretfully details cheating on his wholesome girlfriend Magda for the more vivacious Cassandra, and has been trying - pathetically so - to get back in Magda's good books.
In Flaca, Yunior digs through memories of his former flame Veronica, while the tale of his mature crush Miss Lora acts a Dominican take on Mrs Robinson.
This is How You Lose Her is not simply a collection of macho hits and misses, Diaz uses each story to describe a different aspect of the Dominican-American experience. The underlying theme of immigration, family and fitting in - whether in love or society - gives these brawny tales some heart.
You empathise with Yunior, no matter how disagreeable he is.