Musings of a Future Librarian: “The Cheater’s Guide To Love” by Junot Díaz

“The Cheater’s Guide To Love” by Junot Díaz, is a short story that shines a light on the position of the Dominican man raised in the United States. Via the protagonist, Yunior, a dark skinned middle aged Professor, Díaz forces us to place ourselves in Yunior’s position with his use of the second person. This is particularly interesting when Yunior engages in immoral acts, namely cheating. The short story begins, “Your girl catches you cheating, (Well, actually she’s your fiancée, but hey, in a bit it so won’t matter) (Díaz 1),” which causes one to feel the anxiety that comes with being labeled an adulterer, even if only for a moment.

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