The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

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Turtleback Books, 2008 - Fiction - 339 pages
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The most talked aboutaand praisedafirst novel of 2007, and winner of the Pulitzer Prize.
Oscar is a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd whoafrom the New Jersey home he shares with his old world mother and rebellious sistera dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, most of all, finding love. But Oscar may never get what he wants. Blame the fukAaa curse that has haunted Oscaras family for generations, following them on their epic journey from Santo Domingo to the USA. Encapsulating Dominican-American history, "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao opens our eyes to an astonishing vision of the contemporary American experience and explores the endless human capacity to persevereaand risk it allain the name of love.

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User Review  - mirikayla - LibraryThing

This was good. Really good. Be prepared for difficult descriptions of violence under the Trujillo dictatorship, and also for some Spanish phrases that aren't translated. (If I'd been reading the hard ... Read full review

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User Review  - dbsovereign - LibraryThing

Though a wonderful sense of humor pervades this book, some of the scenes that take place in the Dominican Republic are just downright brutal. Diaz has created a novel that makes us laugh and cry along ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Junot Díaz was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and was raised in New Jersey. His fiction has appeared in numerous publications including The New Yorker, The Paris Review, African Voices, and Best American Short Stories. He wrote the story collection Drown and the novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the 2008 Pulitzer Prize. He is a professor of creative writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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