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Junot Diaz made his remarkable debut as a writer with this collection of stories that move from the barrios of the Dominican Republic to the struggling urban communities of New Jersey. The stories are all unflinching and strong and Diaz's prose crackles with an electric sense of discovery. In Ysrael, two brothers hunt a disfigured boy who hides behind a mask; in No Face, the mirror is flipped and the perspective belongs to the tormented. In Fiesta 1980, a spirited family gathering plays against the noiseless hum of a father's infidelities. In Boyfriend, a young man eavesdrops on the woman next door and colours in the life overheard with his own intense longing. There is an urgency and clarity to these beautifully crafted stories that renders them entirely of the moment. Diaz has veered off the well-travelled roads of contemporary fiction and captured a range of experience previously uncharted and now emphatically his own.
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Drown is the first book by Junot Diaz, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.

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Junot Diaz was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He is a graduate of Rutgers University and received his Master of Fine Arts Degree from Cornell University. His collection of short stories, Drown, was described as 'a dazzlingly talented first book' by Hermione Lee in the Independent on Sunday. His first novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. He teaches creative writing at MIT (Massachussetts Institute of Technology).

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