Happy October, book-clubbers! Autumn is in full swing, leaves are falling all around us, and we decided with the change of seasons should come a change of pace. Our past few selections have all been novels, so we are excited to try something new this month with October’s selection: Junot Díaz’s “This Is How You Lose Her.”
Diaz’s latest release (Riverhead Books) is his second collection of short stories. Some of his characters from his first collection, “Drown,” make appearances, but we’ve been told not to worry because “This Is How You Lose Her” stands on its own. About half of our book club hasn’t read anything by Díaz, so everyone is eager to jump in!
From the publisher:
Díaz turns his remarkable talent to the haunting, impossible power of love — obsessive love, illicit love, fading love, maternal love. 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. In prose that is endlessly energetic, inventive, tender, and funny, the stories in “This Is How You Lose Her” 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.”
Stay tuned throughout October for teaser questions, party ideas, and our feedback. We have a special treat for this round that we will be announcing on October 15 (psst: It may be a giveaway!), so make sure to check back in. And, as always, let us know if you’re reading along!