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Junot Díaz

Dominican Republic (b.1968)

Junot Díaz is a Pulitzer Prize-winning Dominican-American writer. He moved to the United States with his parents at age six, settling in New Jersey. Central to Díaz's work is the duality of the immigrant experience.

Genres: Literary Fiction

Series contributed to
Anthologies edited
Non fiction
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Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Best Book winner (2008) : The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Novel nominee (2009) : The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
National Book Award for Fiction Best Book nominee (2012) : This Is How You Lose Her

Junot Díaz recommends
Passing Through (2004)
Colin Channer
"A splendid collection by one of the Caribbean Diaspora's finest writers."
The Virgin of Flames (2007)
Chris Abani
"Chris Abani is a force of nature. In the world of letters he is a luminous shattering talent, and The Virgin of Flames is his strangest and wildest trip yet. I don't think there's ever been a protagonist quite like Black, or an LA quite like this one."
The Hakawati (2008)
Rabih Alameddine
"Here is absolute beauty. One of the finest novels I've read in years."
Fire (2009)
(Graceling Realm, book 2)
Kristin Cashore
"Cashore is wonderful, tough and nuanced - everything you could want from a writer."
One Amazing Thing (2010)
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
"Divakaruni is a brilliant storyteller; she illuminates the world with her artistry; and shakes the reader with her love."
In the Company of Angels (2010)
Thomas E Kennedy
"As elegant as it is beautiful, as important as it is profound. A marvel of a read."
The Black Minutes (2010)
Martín Solares
"A breathless, marvelous first novel... This is Latin American fiction at its pulpy phantasmagorical finest... a literary masterpiece masquerading as a police procedural and nothing else I've read this year comes close."
The Third Bear (2010)
Jeff VanderMeer
"Cunningly crafted stories full of wonder and intelligence... VanderMeer proves again why he is so essential and why everybody should be reading him."
Vida (2010)
Patricia Engel
"Here, friends, is the debut I have been waiting for."
The Dog Stars (2012)
Peter Heller
"[The Dog Stars] gripped me-it's the real deal. One of those books that makes you happy for literature."
Song of the Shank (2014)
Jeffery Renard Allen
Falling in Love with Hominids (2015)
Nalo Hopkinson
"She's a powerful writer with an imagination that most of us would kill for."
Papi (2016)
Rita Indiana
"As delirious as it is powerful, Papi is a harrowing vision of a daughter trapped in the underworld of her father Rita Indiana is one of a kind."
Mirror Shoulder Signal (2017)
Dorthe Nors
"Dorthe Nors is fantastic."
Quillifer (2017)
(Quillifer, book 1)
Walter Jon Williams
"Walter Jon Williams...kills every damn..."
CoDex 1962 (2018)
"The trickster that makes the world, and he is achingly brilliant."
A River of Stars (2018)
Vanessa Hua
"A River of Stars is fantastic and necessary...urgent and smart in all the right ways."
The Wondrous and Tragic Life of Ivan and Ivana (2020)
Maryse Condé
"What an astounding novel. Never have I read anything so wild and loving, so tender and ruthless. Condé is one of our greatest writers, a literary sorcerer but here she has outdone even herself, summoned a storm from out of the world’s troubled heart. Ivan and Ivana, in their love, in their Attic fates, mirror our species’ terrible brokenness and it’s improbable grace."
No Heaven for Good Boys (2021)
Keisha Bush
"An extraordinary literary debut, as mesmerizing as it is heartbreaking . . . Bush is an amazing storyteller, by turns harrowing and tender, and no matter how difficult the journey, she never lets us lose sight of the two young cousins who are the beating hopeful loving heart of this triumphant must-read novel."
Mona (2021)
Pola Oloixarac
"A rapturous tour de force by Pola Oloixarac-one of the few writers I cannot live without-Mona is that novel that, once finished, leaves its reader perfectly, beautifully undone. Part mystery, part send-up of a literary world, part journey into night, Mona reminds us that no matter how far you fly, the past is always near. If Mona were any smarter, any funnier, any truer, I'm not sure my tender heart could have taken it."
The Fortune Men (2021)
Nadifa Mohamed
"The Fortune Men is that rare novel that breaks your heart and, in so doing, gives you life. Nadifa Mohamed is a revelation - she writes with the fierce compassionate lightning of a truth-teller, lays bare the ghastly colonial condition that afflicts so many of us, where truth cannot overcome injustice. If a novel can be an avenger then The Fortune Men is the one we've all been waiting for."
Em's Awful Good Fortune (2021)
Marcie Maxfield
"Em's Awful Good Fortune takes its reader across the world and deep into the heart of its trapped, privileged, suffering, and, ultimately, invincible narrator. Equally funny and brutal, this novel breathes vivid life into a much maligned and little understood "type"--the expat wife. Maxfield poured her heart into the writing, and it shows: the pages crackle."
Dante's Indiana (2021)
Randy Boyagoda
"The astonishing Boyagoda at his astounding best … Dante’s Indiana is a satirical stunner, a mad Midwestern tour de force and one of the most moving, most incisive maps of our grim contrapasso present you’ll ever read, a novel that is both humblingly humane and soaringly divine. Dante’s Indiana is what would happen if Saunders’ CivilWarLand in Bad Decline and Moby Dick had a prophetic prodigal child. This book is a miracle."
Call Me Cassandra (2022)
Marcial Gala
"A spellbinding novel by one of the best writers of the Americas. Call Me Cassandra is Marcial Gala's masterpiece, blending Greek myth with the Cuban intervention in Angola. At the heart of this incandescent tales burns sensitive Rauli, caught between the Gods and the Revolution, between a body that he longs to escape and a world that lets no one like him escape. Call Me Cassandra is Chronicle of a Death Foretold but blacker and brilliantly better."
Edgware Road (2022)
Yasmin Cordery Khan
"Part family mystery, part immigrant hustle, Edgware Road is a complete tour de force... Khan calls up all the ghosts that prowl between children and their parents, between immigrants and their homelands, between our dreams of wealth and our hunger for love, and exorcises them with prose so lapidary and understanding so vast Khan's novel is like unto a blessing."

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