You're right, we've read a book by Junot Diaz before. But we (Chris and Elizabeth, the organizers) are going to the Dominican Republic and it covers a lot of the history and culture of the island, so we wanted to read another. The book is awesome - it won a Pulitzer Prize!
*Please note: this book club meeting is a week earlier than they usually are held. We are hosting on the third Tuesday rather than last Tuesday. But this book is totally engrossing, so we're hoping folks could grab a copy easily and read it a little more quickly. Thanks!*
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.