The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Thorndike Core)
ISBN 10: 1410404331 / 1-4104-0433-1
ISBN 13: 9781410404336
Publisher: Thorndike Press
Publication Date: 2008
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. An urban New Jersey misfit dreams of becoming the next J. R. R. Tolkien and believes a long-standing family curse is thwarting his efforts to find love and happiness.
Amazon Best of the Month, September 2007: It's been 11 years since Junot Díaz's critically acclaimed story collection, Drown, landed on bookshelves and from page one of his debut novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, any worries of a sophomore jinx disappear. The titular Oscar is a 300-pound-plus "lovesick ghetto nerd" with zero game (except for Dungeons & Dragons) who cranks out pages of fantasy fiction with the hopes of becoming a Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien. The book is also the story of a multi-generational family curse that courses through the book, leaving troubles and tragedy in its wake. This was the most dynamic, entertaining, and achingly heartfelt novel I've read in a long time. My head is still buzzing with the memory of dozens of killer passages that I dog-eared throughout the book. The rope-a-dope narrative is funny, hip, tragic, soulful, and bursting with desire. Make some room for Oscar Wao on your bookshelf--you won't be disappointed. --Brad Thomas Parsons
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