On my way to write this post I had a thought: All things being equal – ceteris paribus – the entirety of the human race all started because one of our ancient ancestors saw a glint in the eye of another and acted.
This is How You Lose Her was my first foray into Junot Diaz’ work and it was thoroughly enjoyable. A book of short stories linked by the character Yunior, This is How You Lose Her covers many themes, but love is the prevailing ghost that haunts all of the characters. All of the stories deal with Yunior’s life in some way, either directly with his love life or with one of his relatives. What I liked about the book was its honesty. There are no corners cut and no worries about the likability of characters and their actions. The stories remain true to the nature of the characters created and that is the closest a writer can come to perfection with respect to plot and character development. While a work of fiction, it felt like reality was always oozing just beneath the surface giving life to each subtle twist in every story. Diaz spares nothing and that is beautiful. Give it a read!