The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

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By (author) Junot Diaz

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  • Publisher: Riverhead Books,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 122mm x 196mm x 28mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 2 September 2008
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1594483299
  • ISBN 13: 9781594483295
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 32,221

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Things have never been easy for Oscar. A ghetto nerd living with his Dominican family in New Jersey, he's sweet but disastrously overweight. He dreams of becoming the next J.R.R. Tolkien and he keeps falling in love. But poor Oscar may never get what he wants, thanks to the ancient curse that has haunted his family for generations.

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Junot Diaz 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, Diaz 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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"Funny, street-smart and keenly observed.... An extraordinarily vibrant book that's fueled by adrenaline-powered prose.... A book that decisively establishes [Daz] as one of contemporary fiction's most distinctive and irresistible new voices." -Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times" "Terrific... Narrated in high-energy Spanglish, the book is packed with wide-ranging cultural references - to "Dune", Julia Alvarez, "The Sound of Music" - as well as erudite and hilarious footnotes on Caribbean history. It is a joy to read, and every bit as exhilarating to reread." -Jennifer Reese, "Entertainment Weekly" "Astoundingly great.... You could call "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" the saga of an immigrant family, but that wouldn't really be fair. It's an immigrant-family saga for people who don't read immigrant-family sagas." -Lev Grossman, "Time " "Now that Daz's second book, a novel called "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao", has finally arrived, younger writers will find that the bar. And some older writers - we know who we are - might want to think about stepping up their game. Oscar Wao shows a novelist engaged with the culture, high and low, and its polyglot language." -David Gates, "Newsweek" "In the imagination of many writers it is the untold stories that propel-those vibrant, colorful, magical, historical swirls of humanity that make up our knowing. Junot Daz's wondrous first novel offers that and more, enchanting us with energetic poetry and offering us a splendid portrait of ordinary folks set against the extraordinary cruel history of the Dominican Republic in the 20th century. Those of us who have for years known and marveled at Mr. Daz's stories will not be disappointed." -Edward P. Jones