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July Meetup: This Is How You Lose Her

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Note: RSVPs for this meetup open at 7pm on the Monday after our June meetup.

For our July meetup, we are reading This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz. It is a collection of nine short stories. Published in 2012, this book garnered a lot of attention in the literary community and was nominated for a bunch of literary awards, such as the National Book Award. The hardcover version clocks in at 213 pages -- a relatively short read for our group. And it is available in paperback & as an eBook (Kindle/Nook).

The GoodReads blurb is

On a beach in the Dominican Republic, a doomed relationship flounders. In the heat of a hospital laundry room in New Jersey, a woman does her lover’s washing and thinks about his wife. In Boston, a man buys his love child, his only son, a first baseball bat and glove. At the heart of these stories is the irrepressible, irresistible Yunior, a young hardhead whose longing for love is equaled only by his recklessness--and by the extraordinary women he loves and loses: artistic Alma; the aging Miss Lora; Magdalena, who thinks all Dominican men are cheaters; and the love of his life, whose heartbreak ultimately becomes his own. In prose that is endlessly energetic, inventive, tender, and funny, the stories in This Is How You Lose Her lay bare the infinite longing and inevitable weakness of the human heart. They remind us that passion always triumphs over experience, and that “the half-life of love is forever.”