THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO by Junot Diaz

  • February 20, 2013 · 7:00 PM

One of our members suggested This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz; that's not out in paperback yet, but this earlier novel by the author is.



Winner, 2008 National Book Critics Circle and Pulitzer Prize Awards

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. (From the publisher.)

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  • Linda C.

    I enjoyed getting together with the other members! So glad I joined!

    February 20, 2013

    • Deb G.

      It was great to meet you, Linda! I hope we'll see you at next month's meeting too.

      February 21, 2013

  • Deb G.

    Great meeting with wonderful people!

    February 21, 2013

  • Linda C.

    This is my first time- I am upstairs but don't know where we meet!

    February 20, 2013

  • Marjorie

    Sorry - stuck @ work in Princeton.

    February 20, 2013

  • Jane

    Sorry, something has come up and I can't make it. I will definitely be there next month!

    February 20, 2013

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    A former member

    I regret not being able to attend, but I am taking my national certification test on the 20th. Hope to make it to the March group.

    February 9, 2013

  • Nancy

    Just finished the book. Loved it! Great choice.

    January 7, 2013

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