Selected Shorts: Wildwood

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

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This program is given over to one remarkable story, Junot Diaz's tale of tough love in the Jersey suburbs, “Wildwood.”

A Dominican daughter comes of age in America, battling her fierce and traditional mother every inch of the way.  “Wildwood” was originally published in The New Yorker, and later became part of Diaz’s Pulitzer-Prize winning novel, “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.”   Diaz, who is Dominican-American, is also known for his celebrated collection of stories, “Drown,” which SHORTS literary commentator Hannah Tinti says charted new territory for the community, and for contemporary fiction.

The tour de force read is by Sonia Manzano, showing very different stripes than as Sesame Streets Maria, the role for which she is best known. 

The SELECTED SHORTS theme is David Peterson's “That's the Deal,” performed by the Deardorf/Peterson Group.

“Wildwood,” by Junot Diaz, performed by Sonia Manzano.

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Announcing the 2012 Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize.  This year's theme is “objects of desire.”  The judge is the author Maile Meloy and the deadline is March 2, 2012. 



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Comments [3]

From the producers:
Thank you for your interest in Wildwood. For information about our CD compilations, please see our website, The site also includes information about where you can find the stories in print. This story is too recent to be part of a CD compilation, but audience response is one of the drivers for these selections so we appreciate you're telling us you liked the story.

Nov. 28 2011 09:12 AM
john from office

I grew up Dominican American in the New York of the sixties and seventies, Mr. Diaz captures alot of the conflict of being American and Foreign at the same time. He also captures the Dominian ability to exist in the white and hispanic and african American worlds at the same time and flow between the various groups.

I loved the show

Nov. 20 2011 12:09 PM
Butch from Syracuse, NY

Can this be purchased? I was entranced with the storytelling...It was if I was listening to my wife's life and it was written about her mother!

Nov. 17 2011 11:26 PM

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