A review by jkilmer
Drown, by Junot Díaz


I’m not usually a big reader of short stories, and I only read this one for class, but I liked some of the individual stories in it. Diaz’s writing, as usual, is compelling and funny, beautiful and anger-inducing, and every character feels real. I enjoyed how the stories both connected and didn’t, with familiar characters, including the usual Yunior but, surprisingly, I didn’t completely love any of them. Probably because I read a couple at a time, back to back, rather than one every few days. It was good but, after Oscar Wao, I think I like his longer fiction more.