The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

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202 reviews

About this ebook

Winner of:
The Pulitzer Prize
The National Book Critics Circle Award
The Anisfield-Wolf Book Award
The Jon Sargent, Sr. First Novel Prize
Time Magazine #1 Fiction Book of the Year

One of the best books of 2007 according to: The New York TimesSan 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...

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

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.
202 reviews
Harold Neal Hicks III
August 8, 2014
I read this book in hard copy many years back in high school for English class like many others, and unlike most of the books I was forced to read IT WAS AMAZING! The legend of the fuku is something I may not truly believe in, but it has certainly left it's impression on me and my thinking. I found myself racing to the parts where Oscar was in the D.R. for the vivid story.
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Joelle Egan
June 16, 2019
Wonderful and lyrical, tragic and thought-provoking 2007 Pulitzer Prize winner. Uses multiple points of view to poignantly examine the experience of three young adults straddling between their origins in a Dominican Repulic decimated by war and their transition to a lower class area of New Jersey. The characters are lovingly rendered and fully developed flawed individuals facing different challenges in their search for identity. Wao's honor and respect for the setting is apparent- yet he avoids romanticism by not shrinking from violence and racial issues that underlie the story. For lovers of Literary Fiction and Carribbean history, Own-Voice Novels, Immigration experience, and fans of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Julia Alvarez, and Mario Vargas Llosa.
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Wendi Hamm
January 7, 2013
Worst eBook I've ever encountered. Read a dead tree version; skip this botched conversion.
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About the author

Junot Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is the author of the critically acclaimed DrownThe Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award;  This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist; and a debut picture book, Islandborn. 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, Díaz 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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