In Drown, the Dominican-American divide is made familiar with stories of poverty, betrayal, violence, handicap, cruelty – familiar themes in the migrant experience. Junot Diaz reminds me of jazz. He writes with rhythm; his sentences dance with a catchy beat. There is a sensuality and passion, even when his character is an angry, abusive father or a 13-year-old kid on his first date. People escape, get lost and sometimes never find themselves. There are few resolutions, but pages of explosive, vibrant honesty. I liked it very much.