Having read The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Diaz's latest work is a flop. Where Brief Wondrous Life had been at least amusing, if not fairly entertaining until page 100 or so, This Is How You Lose Her is an exhibition of the compatibility of esoteric Spanish terms, racial slang, sexist vernacular, and the English language. All in the name of literary fiction.
The story chronicles the young Yunior who, between his brother, his best friend and himself, must have slept with half the female population between Dominican Republic and New Jersey. I say 'slept with', though Diaz will prefer terms that are far too odious for this page. Perhaps he aims to win the Booker prize, in which case it must be appropriate to throw out any writerly integrity, and his readers' guts too if he can manage it. After forty pages of the same stuff, though, even controversial language gets exhausting.
The back cover describes its main character as a 'hardhead whose longing for love is equaled only by his recklessness - and by the extraordinary women he loves and loses'. This is complete rubbish. There is no love in the story, and the characters are aimless and boring. It is mental agony to think that this book, as well as its back cover description, has been filtered by literary agents and publishers alike. The only explanation is that the publishing domain has been usurped by profit-making businessmen and -women; the alternative would be to believe that such foolishness has been intentionally set upon the world.
Save your time and pick up something else.