The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
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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.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publishers Weekly Review
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Well written. Beautiful story. I imagined myself in the Dominican republic...
I read this book in my seminar lit class. It struck a chord with every single person in the class. If you believe you have anything in common with the young oscar wao, do yourself a favor and read this book.
This book caught me by suprise. The story is fantastic, the characters are all realistic, and the writing is top notch.