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Disability is a central concern in Junot Díaz’s work. His characters’ bodies show the effects of poor nutrition, addiction, overwork, inadequate housing, and cancer. The stories “Ysrael” and “No Face,” from Drown, depict a young boy in the Dominican Republic whose face is disfigured after a pig attacks him as a baby. “Nilda,” “Miss Lora,” and “The Pura Principle,” from This Is How You Lose Her, show a young man dying of cancer and the emotionally complicated aftermath of his death. In both short story collections, disability and disease are linked to two of Díaz’s primary interests as a writer:...

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