The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao - Junot Diaz

Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

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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  • Randy S

    I enjoyed this meetup. I thought Bonnie did a great job of hosting. She expertly moved the discussion around to the various themes of the book. It wasn't a book I was thrilled about but the discussion was good.

    May 27

  • Bonnie

    An interesting take on Dominicans and racial identity, from Henry Louis Gates Jr. "Domincans and Race: Don't Call Them Black" http://www.theroot.com/articles/history/2011/08/dominicans_and_race_dont_call_them_black.1.html

    May 24

  • Lisa

    I might be there. There is absolutely no way at all I was giving this a fresh read; once was definitely enough. I do love the company, though. And, perhaps I'll be sorry if I come to listen and just how wondrous it is will be revealed.

    May 24

  • Bonnie

    "Motherfuckers will read a book that’s 1/3 elvish, but put two sentences in Spanish and White people think we’re taking over." - Junot Diaz

    1 · May 19

  • gigi

    New member. Out of town for Memorial wknd. Look forward to upcoming meetings

    May 24

  • Meg

    Wish I could, but I have an Oberlin reunion this weekend!

    May 19

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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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