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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

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Author: Junot Diaz
Publisher: Faber and Faber, 2008
Riverhead Books, 2007
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Book Type: Novel
Genre: Fantasy
Sub-Genre Tags: Dark Fantasy
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Magical Realism
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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.


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