The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz #1

The book for our March Meetups is The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz.   Please RSVP for only one date.  Here is a description of the book:

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.


 Please RSVP for only one date. 

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  • ellen g.

    Thank you, Brandi! Another great meet-up. Provocative discussions.

    March 16, 2014

  • Ellen M.

    Great group of women! Always enjoy hearing other points of view . Makes me appreciate the books so much more! Great job, Brandi !

    March 15, 2014

  • Ellen M.

    Great group of women! Always enjoy hearing other points of view . Makes me appreciate the books so much more! Great job, Brandi !

    March 15, 2014

  • Brandi

    Loved it, very different.

    March 15, 2014

  • Beth C.

    Out of town and won't be back in time. What's next month's title?

    March 14, 2014

    • Brandi

      The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani

      March 14, 2014

  • Lea

    If you would like to look at the discussion questions for the book prior to the meetup, please go to http://www.litlovers.com/reading-guides/13-fiction/161-brief-wondrous-life-of-oscar-wao-diaz?start=3

    March 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Does the meeting have a location as of yet?

    March 7, 2014

    • Brandi

      Lea and I are considering a couple different places and will decide within the next day or so.

      1 · March 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    http://www.annotated-oscar-wao.com

    A great companion guide to the book with regard to translations and sic-fi/fantasy references.

    February 22, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ack typo: sci/fi

      February 26, 2014

  • Kim T.

    You're awesome, Jennifer. Thank you for sharing this!

    February 25, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      My pleasure.

      February 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I work most saturdays!:-(( will try to make it 22nd. Dont know my full sched. yet.

    February 11, 2014

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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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