The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao
Oscar, An Overweight Dominican From A New Jersey Ghetto, Dreams Of Becoming A Writer And Finding Love, But A Fuku Curse Has Haunted His Family For Generations, And May Well Prevent Him From Attaining His Desires. Junot Díaz. Includes Bibliographical References. Winner Of The National Book Critics Circle Award For Fiction. Winner Of The Anisfield-wolf Book Award. Winner Of The John Sargent, Sr. First Novel Prize.
Author : Díaz, Junot , 1968-
Publisher : Riverhead Books
Published Year : 2008
Edition : Reprint
Format : print - Paperback, 339 pages
Subject : Dominican Americans, Dominican Americans--Fiction, Charms, Charms--Fiction, PS3554.I259 B75 2008
Language : English
Dimensions : 339,  p. ; 21 cm.
ISBN : 1594483299
ISBN13 : 9781594483295
Overview :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 fukú – 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.
Diaz 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 Diaz as one of the best and most exciting voices of our time.
Winner of the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2008 Pulitzer Prize, for Fiction