Drown Quotes by Junot Díaz
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Drown is written by Junot Diaz, a Pulitzer prize-winning author. In this collection of short stories, Diaz explores the struggle of Dominican Republic immigrants in the United States to achieve the American Dream. Each story is related, but is a separate vignette, each with its own title. The novel does not follow a traditional story arc but rather each story captures a moment in time. The story begins when Yunior and Rafa, his brother, are eight and twelve, and are sent to live with their uncle for the summer so their mother can work. Their father abandoned them when Yunior was 4 and their family lives in poverty, sometimes having to forgo food for clothes and other necessities. Their mother works long hours, sometimes fourteen-hour shifts, at a local chocolate factory while their grandfather watches them.
The stories are set in the context of s America, and are narrated by an adult who is looking back at his childhood. Drown was published by Riverhead Books in When asked if he remembers the experience, he says: "If I burn your entire country down, would you remember being six or seven?
These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. Ysrael is the first short story in Drown and takes place in the Dominican Republic. The narrator is unnamed for most of the story, but at the end of the tale it is revealed that the narrator is Yunior. Yunior is nine years old and Rafa is twelve. The two boys are staying with their uncle because there mother works continuously in a chocolate factory and their father is in the United States. Rafa and Yunior board a bus and while traveling an older man sits next to Yunior. The man reaches out and begins to grope Yunior.