This Is How You Lose Her

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This Is How You Lose Her

Every word in This Is How You Lose Her feels like it was earned with blood, sweat, and tears—and yet it still admirably measures up to Díaz’s previous work.

“This Is How You Lose Her” doesn’t aspire to be a grand anatomy of love like Gabriel García Márquez’s “Love in the Time of Cholera” — which opens out into a luminous meditation on the varieties of love and loss and the persistence of passion — but it gives us a small, revealing window on the subject.

Although it breaks no new ground, This Is How You Lose Her is an entertaining and satisfying addition to a slender but vital body of work that has helped to nudge our nation’s literature in an inclusive direction.

Junot Díaz’s short story collection is so sharp, so bawdy, so raw with emotion, and so steeped in the lingo and rhythms of working-class Latino life that it makes most writing that crosses the Atlantic seem hopelessly desiccated by comparison.

Written in a singular idiom of Spanglish, hip-hop poetry and professorial erudition, it is comic in its mopiness, charming in its madness and irresistible in its heartfelt yearning.

Reading the stories in Díaz's new collection, "This Is How You Lose Her," is often a three-dimensional, laugh-out-loud experience.