Drown by Junot DiazRead about another entry on the list.
I’m not sure this one was billed as a “linked” collection, but it’s here, in several stories, that we first meet Yunior and his family, characters Diaz has returned to with such brilliance in subsequent work. Yunior or not, these stories are bound together by community, swinging from the barrios of the Dominican Republic to the Dominican neighborhoods of urban New Jersey. Trademark Diaz bare-knuckled candor and face-melting heat in the prose. Notable Story: “Fiesta, 1980.”