Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series: Junot Diaz

With a Pulitzer Prize to his credit and a new novel on the shelves, author Junot Diaz is a happy man. ''I'm happiest of all that the damn thing is done,'' he laughingly tells us. The book, This Is How You Lose Her, chronicles the loves and losses of a young man named Yunior. He bounces from one relationship to another, leaving a string of messy breakups and broken hearts — including his own — in his wake. Along the way, he learns that ''love, when it hits us for real, has a half-life of forever.''

Lose Her is somewhere between a collection of connected short stories and a novel. ''I enjoy the hybrid structure of this book,'' Diaz says. ''There’s something about the game which a book like this plays with its reader…and by game I don’t mean a game as a manipulation, but a game as something they participate in. This book asks readers to cope with the fact that the book is partially a novel, partially a short story collection and partially something else altogether.''

Diaz says he’s anxious to get feedback from his female readers on Lose Her, which is told from Yunior’s scoundrel point of view. ''I'm waiting to see what the women on the street will have to say about it.'' Diaz appears as part of the Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series today.

To find out how you can win a signed copy of This Is How You Lose Her and two passes to the Junot Diaz reading, courtesy of Inprint and the Houston Press, check out Art Attack, the Houston Press arts blog.
Mon., Sept. 24, 7:30 p.m., 2012

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