As part of our Best Books of 2012 coverage, our editors weigh in on some of their personal favorites from the list.

Junot Díaz’s second collection of short stories is like a downed power line, sparking and twisting as good love goes bad again and again. At the heart of the collection is Yunior, a reckless cheater and idealist searching for love whose inability to change is born from the skewed relationship dynamics of his family and his Dominican culture. With its irresistible mix of sardonic, slangy—and frequently profane—language and painful bursts of vibrant imagery, This Is How You Lose Her is a triumph.

Read our interview with Díaz for This Is How You Lose Her.

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