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Publisher Description

Finalist for the 2012 National Book Award

Time and People Top 10 Book of 2012
Finalist for the 2012 Story Prize
Chosen as a notable or best book of the year by The New York TimesEntertainment WeeklyThe LA TimesNewsday, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, the iTunes bookstore, and many more...

"Electrifying." –The New York Times Book Review 

Exhibits the potent blend of literary eloquence and street cred that earned him a Pulitzer Prize… Díaz’s prose is vulgar, brave, and poetic.”O Magazine

From the award-winning author, a stunning collection that celebrates the haunting, impossible power of love.

On a beach in the Dominican Republic, a doomed relationship flounders. In a New Jersey laundry room, a woman does her lover’s washing and thinks about his wife. In Boston, a man buys his love child, his only son, a first baseball bat and glove. At the heart of these stories is the irrepressible, irresistible Yunior, a young hardhead whose longing for love is equaled only by his recklessness--and by the extraordinary women he loves and loses.

In prose that is endlessly energetic, inventive, tender, and funny, these stories lay bare the infinite longing and inevitable weakness of the human heart. They remind us that passion always triumphs over experience, and that “the half-life of love is forever.”

Fiction & Literature
September 11
Penguin Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

hallright ,

Sad, funny, gritty, real!

Loved this book. I read it after reading , and loving, his award winning book "The Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao". You can't help feeling that the author IS Yunior (the protagonist in these stories.) It's life and love as you have never seen or read them.....in the gritty slang Spanish patois, which kept me running to the translator website.
The author writes of his sadness and longing to belong....to love and be loved by someone, though he keeps destroying every relationship...knowing he's doing it, but unable to help himself. He made me feel his pain so deeply; which one of us hasn't been in one of his situations? Pivotal in the stories is Yunior's relationship with his brother, so tragic, but who figured so importantly in Yunior's life.
Brilliantly written, it's a book I could not put down, and one of those that I was sorry to see end.

Candelita80 ,

Loved it

Entertaining, easy read. Loved it!!

nickm617 ,


So captivating, the style of writing kept me wanting to know more and I couldn't stop reading.

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