This is what I have to say about Junot Díaz’s new, seemingly semi-autobiographical (maybe? you have to be so careful equating narrator and author, always!) collection of short stories, This is How You Lose Her:
It came out today. I started it today. I finished it today. Not because it is an easy read, but because it is a very, very good one.
I once thought that nothing would ever match Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. That that was the book that he’d carried inside of him for his whole life and finally birthed, bound, never to have another. This is How You Lose Her is, it is true, no Brief Wondrous Life. But it is something else—something literary, and true, and special, and well, well worth reading.