Actually, when I first heard of Junot Diaz’s Pulitzer Prize winning The Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, I was initially reluctant to give it a try. Then I heard Diaz read his short story “How to Date a Brown Girl (Black Girl, White Girl, or Halfie)” (from Drown) on the New Yorker Fiction podcast. I was immediately sold, got myself a copy of Oscar Wao, and to date it is my favorite book this year.
As you can imagine, after Oscar Wao I eventually made my way to Drown, and just now I reached “How to Date a Brown Girl (Black Girl, White Girl, or Halfie)”. I think I enjoyed it even more the second time. If you don’t have a copy of book, go ahead and give the story a listen.