A collection of eleven stories by a young writer evoke his hard-fought youth in the barrios of the Dominican Republic and the bleak urban landscapes of New Jersey, combining a journalist's dispassionate eye with an ear for poetry. A first collection.
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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. Diaz's work is unflinching and strong, and these stories crackle with an electric sense of discovery. Diaz evokes a world in which fathers are gone, mothers fight with grim determination for their families and themselves, and the next generation inherits the casual cruelty, devestating ambivalence, and knowing humor of lives circumscribed by poverty and uncertainty. In Drown, Diaz has harnessed the rhythms of anger and release, frustration and joy, to indelible effect.About the Author:
Junot Díaz’s fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and The Best American Short Stories. His highly-anticipated 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 unprecedented 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 is a professor of creative writing at MIT.
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Book Description Putnam Pub Group, New York, 1996. Original Wraps. Book Condition: Very Fine. No Jacket. First Edition - First Printing. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. VOS. First edition/first printing. A very fine and unread copy in fine original plain wrappers. An uncorrected proof copy, Advance Reader's Edition. Bubble wrapped and shipped in a well padded, stury box, except for international orders which can be shipped in priority envelopes. The author's first book, a story collection, which was followed by the Pulitzer Prize winning "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" and "This is How You Lose Her", another huge bestseller. SIGNED by the author on the title page. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 010313
Book Description Riverhead Hardcover, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P111573220418