The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao


The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Hardcover, 2007, Riverhead Hardcover)

Hardcover, 352 pages

English language

Published Sept. 6, 2007 by Riverhead Hardcover.

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Things have never been easy for Oscar. A ghetto nerd living with his Dominican family in New Jersey, he's sweet but disastrously overweight. He dreams of becoming the next J. R. R. Tolkien and he keeps falling hopelessly in love. Poor Oscar may never get what he wants, thanks to the Fuku - the curse that has haunted his family for generations.

With dazzling energy and insight Díaz immerses us in the tumultuous lives of Oscar, his runaway sister Lola, their beautiful mother Belicia, and in the family's uproarious journey from the Dominican Republic to the US and back.

Rendered with uncommon warmth and humour, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is a literary triumph, that confirms Junot Díaz as one of the most exciting writers of our time.

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  • American Contemporary Fiction - Individual Authors +
  • Fiction
  • Fiction - General
  • Literary
  • Fiction / Literary
  • General
  • Dominican Americans