This Is How You Lose Her

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Junot Diaz

Narrated By: Junot Diaz

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: September 2012

Duration: 5 hours 15 minutes


Junot Díaz burst into the literary world with Drown, a collection of indelible stories that revealed a major new writer with the "eye of a journalist and the tongue of a poet" (Newsweek). His eagerly awaited first novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, arrived like a thunderclap, topping best-of-the-year lists and winning a host of major awards, including the Pulitzer Prize. Now Díaz turns his prodigious talent to the haunting, impossible power of love.

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. 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. They recall the echoes that intimacy leaves behind, even where we thought we did not care. They teach us the catechism of affections: that the faithlessness of the fathers is visited upon the children; that what we do unto our exes is inevitably done in turn unto us; and that loving thy neighbor as thyself is a commandment more safely honored on platonic than erotic terms. Most of all, these stories remind us that the habit of passion always triumphs over experience, and that "love, when it hits us for real, has a half-life of forever."


  • Anonymous

    This book sometimes made me laugh out loud. It's a story about a Dominican man who gets himself educated, gets a good job and even has serious relationships with attractive women, but has trouble keeping it in his pants if you know what I mean. Funny, crazy and sometimes sad.

  • Anonymous

    If you like stories about men who denigrate women with foul language, you'll love this one.