by Junot Diaz
Category: Fiction / General
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Publication date: 5 February 2009
Number of pages: 352
Prizes: Shortlisted for International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2009.
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize 2008
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 Diaz 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 Diaz as one of the most exciting writers of our time.
What the papers say:
'Celebratory and heartbreaking ... and filled with something many novels lack: an enormous amount of love, and heart.' Time Out Book of the Week 'A work of startling originality and distinction, narrated with an irresistible, manic energy.' Observer
Junot Diaz was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He is a graduate of Rutgers University and received his Master of Fine Arts Degree from Cornell University. His collection of short stories, Drown, was described as "a dazzlingly talented first book" by Hermione Lee in the Independent on Sunday. He teaches creative writing at MIT (Massachussetts Institute of Technology).
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