Next From the Novelist Junot Díaz? A Picture Book | NY Times

By ALEXANDRA ALTER

An illustration by Leo Espinosa from Junot Díaz’s “Islandborn,” a picture book to be published next spring. (illustration: Leo Espinosa)

An illustration by Leo Espinosa from Junot Díaz’s “Islandborn,” a picture book to be published next spring. (illustration: Leo Espinosa)

By his own admission, the novelist Junot Díaz is an agonizingly slow writer and a chronic procrastinator. Over the past two-plus decades, he has published just three books: two short-story collections and his 2007 novel, “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” which won the Pulitzer Prize. He once spent about five years working on a 15-page story.But even by Mr. Díaz’s glacial standards, his latest book, “Islandborn,” is long overdue — about 20 years past deadline. And it’s a mere 48 pages long.

“Islandborn” is a picture book — Mr. Díaz’s first work of fiction for young readers. It grew out of a promise that he made to his goddaughters two decades ago, when they asked him to write a book that featured characters like them, Dominican girls living in the Bronx.

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