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Books: Diaz says flawed characters appeal to readers

Pulitzer prize-winning novelist Junot Diaz will read from his new book at the University at Albany on Thursday. (photo: Michael Greenberg)
Pulitzer prize-winning novelist Junot Diaz will read from his new book at the University at Albany on Thursday. (photo: Michael Greenberg)
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Junot Diaz loves writing about conflicted characters. “Characters who have all the answers and know exactly how to live and how to always do the right thing give off very little heat in a story,” he said in a recent phone interview. “Most of us love ambivalence,” he said, “and my character Yunior is one of those dicey cats that will at times turn off and offend readers. He often makes the wrong choice, especially ...

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