Everything you need to understand or teach Drown by Junot Díaz.
This is a loosely related group of ten short stories set partly in the Dominican Republic and later in New Jersey. The protagonist and first person narrator, more or less the voice of author Diaz, is a young man growing up in poor neighborhoods, either in the Dominican Republic or Latino neighborhoods in New Jersey. Be forewarned that Drown is for mature audiences. There is much earthy language and many sexual references. In addition, Spanish words and phrases are sprinkled throughout the stories. Although it is not necessary to know Spanish to understand Drown, it helps to know the language, even though many of the words are slang—both in English and Spanish. The world of Drown is rough, violent, poor, and seemingly hopeless, but the language is neutral. There is no self-pity in the writing, but the net effect is compassion for the young people's situations.
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