Junot Díaz | 'If you tell a child you’re a writer and don’t have a story for them, no one can make you feel more fraudulent'

Junot Díaz | 'If you tell a child you’re a writer and don’t have a story for them, no one can make you feel more fraudulent'

Junot Díaz says that he is not so much celebrating the publication of his first children’s book as feeling relieved that he’s finally settled a long overdue debt. Twenty years ago, he promised his two young goddaughters that he would write something for them, with characters that look like them.

"I had a story owed," Díaz says. "I’m not a person who deletes his debts very easily, although I wish I was like that—there are people who you lend five bucks to and they forget about it a week later. Not me. I’m tortured by them. I gave my word to my goddaughters that I would write a book a very l...

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