I think that once you get over the age of 20, you begin to understand that there’s a lot of places where you can fall in and they are just locations of stases. Locations of paralysis. Places where there’s no growth. And whether it’s a job, whether it’s a way that you decide to pursue your life, whether it’s a philosophy, whether it’s a politic, we all know in our hearts when we’re choosing paralysis. When we’re choosing the dead zone over life. Yunior is one of these characters. I think that in some ways the closest he can come to love is after it’s fucking gone past and it’s only a shadow blasted in the wall. Then he’ll come every day and bring flowers to it.
—Junot Diaz on cheating and love in This Is How You Lose Her