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: 33,835

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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 fuku--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 Diaz's interview on iTunes "Meet the Author" here. Download iTunes here.

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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."--Michiko Kakutani, "New York Times" "Diaz finds a miraculous balance. He cuts his barnburning comic-book plots (escape, ruin, redemption) with honest, messy realism, and his narrator speaks in a dazzling hash of Spanish, English, slang, literary flourishes, and pure virginal dorkiness."--Sam Anderson, "New York Magazine" "Genius...a story of the American experience that is giddily glorious and hauntingly horrific...That Diaz's novel is also full of ideas, that [the narrator's] brilliant talking rivals the monologues of Roth's Zuckerman--in short, that what he has produced is a kick-ass (and truly, that is the just word for it) work of modern fiction--all make "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" something exceedingly rare: a book in which a new America can recognize itself, but so can everyone else."--Oscar Villalon, "San Francisco Chronicle" "Astoundingly great."--Lev Grossman, "Time" "Terrific...High-energy...It is a joy to read, and every bit as exhilarating to reread."--Jennifer Reese, "Entertainment Weekly"