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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
JUNOT DÍAZ

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
1202 reviews (2007) (352p)
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Winner
National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction Winner
LA Times Book Prize for Fiction
TIME Magazine Best Fiction Books
Amazon.com Best Books

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Book Description
This is the long-awaited first novel from one of the most original and memorable writers working today.

Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. From his home in New Jersey, where he lives with his old-world mother and rebellious sister, Oscar dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the Fukœ-the curse that has haunted the Oscar's family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. Oscar, still waiting for his first kiss, is just its most recent victim.

D'az immerses us in the tumultuous life of Oscar and the history of the family at large, rendering with genuine warmth and dazzling energy, humor, and insight the Dominican-American experience, and, ultimately, the endless human capacity to persevere in the face of heartbreak and loss. A true literary triumph, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao confirms Junot D'az as one of the best and most exciting voices of our time.


Amazon.com Review
Amazon Best of the Month, September 2007: It's been 11 years since Junot Díaz's critically acclaimed story collection, Drown, landed on bookshelves and from page one of his debut novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, any worries of a sophomore jinx disappear. The titular Oscar is a 300-pound-plus "lovesick ghetto nerd" with zero game (except for Dungeons & Dragons) who cranks out pages of fantasy fiction with the hopes of becoming a Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien. The book is also the story of a multi-generational family curse that courses through the book, leaving troubles and tragedy in its wake. This was the most dynamic, entertaining, and achingly heartfelt novel I've read in a long time. My head is still buzzing with the memory of dozens of killer passages that I dog-eared throughout the book. The rope-a-dope narrative is funny, hip, tragic, soulful, and bursting with desire. Make some room for Oscar Wao on your bookshelf--you won't be disappointed. --Brad Thomas Parsons


Other Award Winning Books by Junot Díaz
This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz
740 reviews (2012) (224p) (Amazon Top100) (PW Fiction) (B&N Fiction) (NYT100) (Time Top10) (NBA) (TIME) (ALA)
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Drown by Junot Díaz
95 reviews (1996) (224p) (ALA)
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Junot Díaz Award Stats
Major Prize* Nominations 5  
Unique Books Nominated for a Major Prize* 3  
Pulitzer Prize Wins 1 The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao ·  
Pulitzer Prize Nominations 1 The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao ·  
National Book Critics Circle Award Wins 1 The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao ·  
National Book Critics Circle Award Nominations 1 The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao ·  
National Book Award Wins 0  
National Book Award Nominations 1 This Is How You Lose Her ·  
Man Booker Prize Wins 0  
Man Booker Prize Nominations 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Wins 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Nominations 0  

*Major Prize = Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, National Book Award, Man Booker Prize, and PEN/Faulkner Award

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