One of my favorite writers and mentor, Junot Diaz, has seemingly broken his writer’s block. First came a piece in Gourmet magazine’s 2006 summer literary supplement that had me so excited I emailed him the equivalent of a big “high five” in the middle of the night.
Now, comes a story in The New Yorker’s summer fiction issue entitled “Wildwood.” The voice of that character is remarkable. I would’ve gone with her anywhere, and was disappointed when she parted ways with me at the end of the story. Junot is a master of voice.
It reminds me of how valuable voice is in a story. If the character’s voice pops and crackles and captures the reader, then you can take that reader, willingly, anywhere in the story.
I got so excited after reading “Wildwood” that I hopped out of bed (normally, I doze off after some nighttime reading in bed), walked downstairs, and emailed Junot the equivalent of a big high five.
I can’t wait until Junot’s book comes out in September.