It’s here! It’s here! I’m excited–as many of you know, I’m a big Junot Diaz fan. I love him as a person, an activist, and as a writer. (One of the best things that happened to my writing conscious was the pure luck of landing in his workshop one summer). I’ve missed him, but in recent months I’ve been seeing him more often. His writing has appeared with more frequency in the past couple of years, after a long period of silence.
First, a story quietly appeared in the Gourmet Magazine 2006 summer fiction supplement (yes, a food magazine), then I read “Wildwood” with glee when it appeared in the New Yorker this summer…and then another article appeared in Gourmet’s Latin American food focused issue last month (he wrote about the Dominican eateries in Upper Manhattan–it had me salivating!). It’s been a trickle…and now there is a glorious flood of pages and words from Junot.
The long awaited novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is here.
p.s. Do you love that golden light on the book? There was amazing light yesterday evening. Sadly, the light’s credit is due to the fires all over and around Northern California yesterday–the Lick fire in Morgan Hill over 50 miles away, and another fire in Plumas County 200 miles away. The smoke has blown here and turned the sky a solid light gray, the sun red and the light golden.