The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Format
ePub
Price
$12.99
 
  • ePub
  • ISBN 9781101147306
  • 352 Pages
  • Riverhead
  • Adult

Overview


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.

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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Junot Diaz

Awards

National Book Critics Circle Award – Winner
Anisfield-Wolf Book Award – Winner
I.M.P.A.C. Dublin Award – Winner
Massachusetts Book Award for Best Fiction – Winner
Dayton Literary Peace Prize – Winner
John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize – Winner
NAACP Image Award Finalist – Winner
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction – Winner

Praise

“Funny, street-smart and keenly observed…An extraordinarily vibrant book that’s fueled by adrenaline-powered prose.”—Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

“Díaz 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 Díaz’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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