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December 2015
200 pages  

5.25 x 7.75
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Reading Junot Diaz
Gonzalez, Christopher
Reading Junot Diaz is the first study to focus on his complete body of published works. It explores the totality of his work and provides a concise view of the interconnected and multilayered narrative that weaves throughout Diaz’s writings.

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Christopher Gonzalez is assistant professor of English at Texas A&M University-Commerce.
“A riveting book-length introduction to Junot Diaz, who is arguably the most famous living Latino writer. The focus on narrative strategies is both strong and engaging. It affirms Diaz’s place, analyzing him in the context of contemporary fiction practices, and it delves into all major topics that Diaz explores.”—Maria Acosta Cruz, author of Dream Nation: Puerto Rican Culture and the Fictions of Independence.

“An urgently needed book brimming with intellectual insight and critical sophistication. The project’s breathtaking range, focusing on Diaz's literary corpus, is spectacular, and the cogent fashion in which it engages with the salient themes in Diaz's novel, short story collections, and essays make it an essential book for teachers, students, scholars, and even a general audience interested in his work.”—Richard T. Rodriguez, University of Illinois

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Dominican American author and Pulitzer Prize–winner Junot Diaz has gained international fame for his blended, cross-cultural fiction. Reading Junot Diaz is the first study to focus on his complete body of published works. It explores the totality of his work and provides a concise view of the interconnected and multilayered narrative that weaves throughout Diaz’s writings. Christopher Gonzalez analyzes both the formal and thematic features and discusses the work in the context of speculative and global fiction as well as Caribbean and Latino/a culture and language. Topics such as race, masculinity, migration, and Afro-Latinidad are examined in depth. Gonzalez provides a synthesis of the prevailing critical studies of Diaz and offers many new insights into his work.
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