Short stories by Junot Díaz

Junot Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is the author of the critically acclaimed DrownThe Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist. He is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, PEN/Malamud Award, Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, and PEN/O. Henry Award. A graduate of Rutgers College, Díaz is currently the fiction editor at Boston Review and the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Listing 6 stories.

After his older brother dies of cancer, a Dominican-American teen strikes up a sexual relationship with his middle-aged neighbor.

When la Negrura, a disease that causes black lumps to grow out of appendages and paranormal behavior in those affected, ravages Haiti, a nineteen-year-old Black Dominican American and his friends watch events unfold from the neighboring Dominican Republic.

A Dominican-American boy in modern New York City lusts after his cooler older brother’s beautiful girlfriend. Only in the face of unexpected tragedy does he get to shoot his own shot.

A young Dominican-American man struggles to make things better with his girlfriend after she finds out he cheated on her. Throughout their ill-fated vacation to the Dominican Republic, he clings on as she further separates herself from him.

In New Jersey, a punk-obsessed Dominican teenager deals with a tumultuous relationship with her mother, who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. At a breaking point, she runs away from home.

While spending a summer in the outskirts of the Dominican Republic, two brothers obsess over a local boy who wears a mask because his face was chewed off by a pig.