Interweaving geek jargon with an expansive generational narrative, Junot Diaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao was a runaway smash in 2007, winning the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and inadvertently starting a whole trend of cutesy modernist books titled The (adjective) (optional adjective) (noun) of (name). But no one should hold that against Diaz, which is why news of his new book, This is How You Lose Her, is positively wonderful. It will be his first work since Oscar Wao, and his first collection of short stories since 1996’s Drown.
"The stories in This Is How You Lose Her, by turns hilarious and devastating, raucous and tender, lay bare the infinite longing and inevitable weaknesses of our all-too-human hearts," a press release announces. "They capture the heat of new passion, the recklessness with which we betray what we most treasure, and the torture we go through – ‘the begging, the crawling over glass, the crying’ – to try to mend what we’ve broken beyond repair." Press talk, yeah yeah, but whatever, it sounds great. Riverhead will release the book on September 11, just over six months away. Let’s hope the wait for his second novel doesn’t take 11 or 15 years, however you want to call it.