Junot Díaz is finalist for the National Book Award 


Excerpt from The National Book Foundation 

"On a beach in the Dominican Republic, a doomed relationship flounders. In the heat of a hospital laundry room in New Jersey, 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: artistic Alma; the aging Miss Lora; Magdalena, who thinks all Dominican men are cheaters; and the love of his life, whose heartbreak ultimately becomes his own."

The National Book Awards winners will be announced on November 14, 2012 at the National Book Awards Ceremony, Cipriani Wall Street, New York City.  For more information on all the finalists and the National Book Foundation, visit:  

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Presenter of the National Book Awards


This Is How You Lose Her, by Junot Diaz












This is How You Lose Her
by Junot Díaz
Riverhead Books, 2012


About Junot Díaz

Junot Díaz is an author and a Professor of Writing at MIT. His fiction has appeared in The New YorkerThe Paris Review, and The Best American Short Stories. His first novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, was greeted with rapturous reviews, including Michiko Kakutani in The New York Times calling it “a book that decisively establishes him as one of contemporary fiction's most distinctive and irresistible new voices.” His debut story collection, Drown, published eleven years prior to Oscar Wao, was also met with acclaim; it became a national bestseller, won numerous awards, and has since grown into a landmark of contemporary literature. Born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey, Díaz lives in New York City and in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  

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