This collection of interconnecting short stories is like an extension of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Well, not only "like," it is an extension of Oscar Wao (minus Oscar). It's a continuation of Diaz's easy prose that almost seems effortless and a story telling style that's self-aware and chatty and uniquely... Diaz.
The characters and settings are a thing to behold. They stand out in the sense that they're alive, and you don't often see people and places come alive in new fiction these days.
At about 200 pages with a lot of spacing in between the lines, this book is a quick read. It took me awhile to get through, though, because I didn't want the stories to end.