The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

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Winner of:
The Pulitzer Prize
The National Book Critics Circle Award
The Anisfield-Wolf Book Award
The Jon Sargent, Sr. First Novel Prize
A Time Magazine #1 Fiction Book of the Year One of the best books of 2007 according to: The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, New York Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, The Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, People, The Village Voice, Time Out New York, Salon, Baltimore City Paper, The Christian Science Monitor, Booklist, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, New York Public Library, and many more... 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 121.92 x 195.58 x 27.94mm | 272.15g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Riverhead Books,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1594483299
  • 9781594483295
  • 48,468

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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"
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About Junot Diaz

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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Rating details

183,404 ratings
3.89 out of 5 stars
5 32% (59,478)
4 37% (67,872)
3 21% (37,748)
2 7% (13,058)
1 3% (5,248)
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