Thursday, August 20, 2009

Drown, by Junot Diaz: a review by Miranda of Women's Glib [50BPT]

Today's entry comes from Miranda! Miranda blogs at Women's Glib . She will be a senior in high school in September.

Drown, by Junot Diaz

Though many have been talking about Junot Diaz's novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, I want to spread the word about Drown, his earlier collection of stories. The intertwined narratives tell of bittersweet adolescence, the careful crafting of masculinity, and the tangled communities that pull us in many directions. As a white person whose family settled over 20 years ago in Washington Heights, the traditionally Dominican neighborhood of Manhattan where most of Diaz's stories take place, the issues of gentrification, appropriation, and cultural loss that Diaz raises are particularly relevant to my feminism. In short, the stories are dark and lovely and highly recommended.

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