Maybe if you'd been engaged to a super open-minded blanquita you could have survived it but you're not engaged to a super open-minded blanquita. Your girl is a bad-ass salcedeña who doesn't believe in open anything; in fact the one thing she warned you about, that she swore she would never forgive, was cheating. I'll put a machete in you, she promised. And of course you swore you wouldn't do it. You swore you wouldn't. You swore you wouldn't.

And you did.

-- From "This Is How You Lose Her," by Junot Díaz