The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

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Penguin, Sep 6, 2007 - Fiction - 352 pages
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Oscar is a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd who—from the New Jersey home he shares with his old world mother and rebellious sister—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 fukú—a curse that has haunted Oscar’s 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 persevere—and risk it all—in the name of love.

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User Review  - book n music lover - Borders

A very powerful book! Díaz is nothing if not authentic, with a “take no prisoners” attitude, only writing to please himself as well as those readers willing to open themselves to this intensely moving ... Read full review

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I read this book in about three sittings, it is written in very frank language as if you and the various narrarators are speaking over coffee, or a beer, or sitting in their bedroom (where you often ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Junot D az was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is the author of the critically acclaimed "Drown"; "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao", which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and "This Is How You Lose Her", a "New York Times "bestseller and National Book Award finalist. He is the recipient of a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship, PEN/Malamud Award, Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, and PEN/O. Henry Award. A graduate of Rutgers College, D az is currently the fiction editor at "Boston Review "and the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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