The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Front Cover
Penguin, Sep 6, 2007 - Fiction - 352 pages
43 Reviews
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.

Listen to Junot Díaz’s interview on iTunes “Meet the Author” here.
Download iTunes here.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
27
4 stars
10
3 stars
3
2 stars
2
1 star
1

Best Price on a Wonderful Book

User Review  - harperfarm - Overstock.com

Needed this book for a class, and Overstock had the best price. This is an intense, great read. If you are sensitive about foul language, this is not the book for you. Read full review

Review: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

User Review  - Mara - Goodreads

In an interview I read (but can't seem to find) with Adam Johnson, author of The Orphan Master's Son* , Johnson describes how the individual narratives of the people of North Korea were inseparable ... Read full review

All 8 reviews »

Contents

GhettoNerd at the End of the World
The Three Heartbreaks of Belicia Cabral
Sentimental Education
Poor Abelard
ii
The Final Voyage
vii
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

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.

Bibliographic information