Can I just say that, of the wide variety of authors I’ve been exposed to, Junot Diaz is by far one of my favorite? My first foray into his work was in high school, as part of a contemporary literature course. The first text? “How to Date a Brown Girl (Black Girl, White Girl, or Halfie.)” I read The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao a couple years later, while serving as a short-term au pair in the summer months of my undergraduate career. This is How You Lose Her features the (recurring) Yunior, which draws curious parallels between this collection of short stories and his previous work (Drown and The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao). A collection of short stories, it’s a ridiculously fast read (a given, with Diaz’s gift with words).