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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Paperback)

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A ghetto nerd living with his Dominican family in New Jersey, Oscar's sweet but disastrously overweight. He dreams of becoming the next J. R. R. Tolkien and he keeps falling hopelessly in love. With dazzling energy and insight Diaz immerses us in the tumultuous lives of Oscar; his runaway sister Lola; their beautiful mother Belicia; and in the family's uproarious journey from the Dominican Republic to the US and back.



'The Best Novel of the 21st Century to Date' - BBC Culture.

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Faber & Faber Publication Date: 05/02/2009 ISBN-13: 9780571239733  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Junot Diaz was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He is a graduate of Rutgers University and received his Master of Fine Arts Degree from Cornell University. His collection of short stories, Drown, was described as "a dazzlingly talented first book" by Hermione Lee in the Independent on Sunday. He teaches creative writing at MIT (Massachussetts Institute of Technology).

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Diaz gives us an unsparing insight into the workings of power – not only national and cultural, but also (and relatedly) interpersonal. This is a contemporary novel to make you believe in the idea of the contemporary novel.

Sally  Rooney - 31/05/2017

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