Book Discussion: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junto Diaz

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 ghetto nerd, a New Jersey romantic who 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 ancient 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 dreaming of his first kiss, is only its most recent victim - until the fateful summer that he decides to be its last.

With dazzling energy and insight, Junot Díaz immerses us in the uproarious lives of our hero Oscar, his runaway sister Lola, and their ferocious beauty-queen mother Belicia, and in the epic journey from Santo Domingo to Washington Heights to New Jersey's Bergenline and back again. Rendered with uncommon warmth and humor, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao presents an astonishing vision of the contemporary American experience and the endless human capacity to persevere - and to risk it all - in the name of love.

A true literary triumph, this novel confirms Junot Díaz as one of the best and most exciting writers of our time. 

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  • Brittany

    Nice to meet you all, and I made it home!

    2 · June 23

  • Jennika

    Completely and utterly forgot. Sorry!

    June 23

  • Lizzy

    Sorry, didn't realize I got off the wait list (I've been having trouble getting email from meetup lately)! Hope it was a great discussion!

    June 23

  • Julie L.

    I missed my bus and will be 10-15 minutes late. So sorry, but I'm on my way!

    June 23

  • Katie R.

    Looks like I won't be able to make it after all. Hopefully someone else from the wait list can take the open spot!

    June 23

    • Anna

      Thanks for updating your RSVP!

      June 23

  • Anna

    Hello Everyone:

    Reminder to update your RSVPs accordingly.


    June 23

  • Krisha

    Hey! I would like to join! Do I need to bring this book with me and is this the first meet up for this particular book? Thanks in advance.

    June 22

    • Anna

      There is no need to bring the book. Yes this is the first and only discussion for this book.

      June 23

  • Janelle B

    One of my top 10 favorite books!

    May 29

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