September 2, 2008
September 2, 2008
The most talked aboutâ?and praisedâ?first novel of 2007, and winner of the Pulitzer Prize.
Oscar is a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd whoâ?from the New Jersey home he shares with his old world mother and rebellious sisterâ? 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 fukãºâ?a curse that has haunted Oscarâ'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<./I> opens our eyes to an astonishing vision of the contemporary American experience and explores the endless human capacity to persevereâ?and risk it allâ?in the name of love.
Oscar Wao is an overweight Dungeons Dragons-playing geek living in a Dominican-American ghetto whose dreams are cut short by the 500-year curse that has plagued his family and his people, "The Curse of the New World." In his first novel since his universally revered collection of short stories, DROWN, Junot Diaz continues to distill the essence of the fractured second-generation experience. The rich tapestry of language in the novel (slang, Spanish, and the poetry of Homer) speaks volumes about the complicated and violent paths by which we find our place in the world. THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO won the Pulitzer Prize for Literature in 2008.
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes, Juvenile Fiction
- Subgenre: Literary, Types of Characters, Peoples + Cultures, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Conflicts + Dualities, General, Holocaust
- Edition: Reprint
- Language: English
- Author: Junot Diaz
- Online Item #: 11326498
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 059-04-2499
- ISBN: 9781594483295
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported