after loving the brief wonderous life of oscar wao i was eager to read more of junot diaz. drown is a collection of short stories that was released before wao. you can see the ground work for wao being laid in drown. junot diaz’s colorful, personal, and mildly experimental prose, that is perfected in wao, takes shape through these stories. although it’s a collection of short stories it reads like a novel, with all of the stories told from the point of view of a dominican-american boy, en masse they cover the boy’s young life into adulthood from the dominican republic to new jersey. like a lot of short story collections, i wish some of them were fleshed out into books of their own, especially the stories about his parents. junot diaz is a writer i’ll be happy to read more of, he just needs to put more out there.