I offer my great thanks to Max u for the gift of a subscription to The New Yorker which allowed me to read this story.
"The Money" is the briefest short story by Junot Diaz I have so far read. It is also the first one that does not focus mostly on young Dominican men,living in New York or New Jersey, endlessly in search of women. It can be read in just a few minutes.
The story is told by a young, maybe early adolescent boy living with his parents and five siblings in an apartment in a rough neighborhood. His dad works on and off as a fork lift operator. Like lots of immigrants, his mother sends money back home when she can. The plot action begins when the family returns from vacation to find the money the mother saved to send home stolen.
This is a decent work. It is not as exciting as his more r rated stories but for sure worth reading.
It can be found here.