DrownBook - 1996
From the beloved and award-winning author Junot Díaz, a spellbinding saga of a family’s journey through the New World.
A coming-of-age story of unparalleled power, Drown introduced the world to Junot Díaz's exhilarating talents. It also introduced an unforgettable narrator— Yunior, the haunted, brilliant young man who tracks his family’s precarious journey from the barrios of Santo Domingo to the tenements of industrial New Jersey, and their epic passage from hope to loss to something like love. Here is the soulful, unsparing book that made Díaz a literary sensation.
Baker & Taylor
A critically acclaimed debut collection of ten cynical and sentimental stories captures the bleakness of life, first in the Dominican Republic and then in New Jersey suburbia, for immigrants of color. Reprint.
A collection of eleven stories by a young writer evoke his hard-fought youth in the barrios of the Dominican Republic and the bleak urban landscapes of New Jersey, combining a journalist's dispassionate eye with an ear for poetry
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"It was a lucid enjoyable night that would stick out in his memory like a spike. He swaggered home around one o' clock, bearing a plastic bag loaded with food and a loaf of telera under his arm."
Sometimes you just have to try, even if you know it won’t work.
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We The Animals by Justin Torres is a very engaging novel with complex but nonetheless intriguing language. Torres’ writing style works perfectly with the complicated plot. Throughout the novel, his clever use of rhetoric devices functions to make the story flow and appeal to the reader. It is about 3 brothers who grow up in a bad family dynamic and have to overcome all the struggles. Each brother is different in their own special way and they each have to find a way to survive their upbringing in the best way they know how.
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