CSU Friends of the Library Book Discussion
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Juno Díaz
Wednesday, November 12, 2008 at 3:00 in RT 503
Richard Fox, Head of the Popular Library at CPL, is back once again, this time to lead a discussion on the winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction --The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Dominican-American writer Junot Díaz.
Díaz has spun the heartbreak and loneliness of the immigrant experience into literary gold with memorable stories of marginalized outsiders caught between two cultures, never completely fitting into either one. This is the long-awaited-and thrillingly satisfying, genuinely original-first novel from the unmistakable voice behind the story collection, Drown.
About the book
Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. From his home in New Jersey, where he lives with his old-world mother and rebellious sister, Oscar dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the Fukú americanus--the curse that has haunted the Oscar's family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. Oscar, still waiting for his first kiss, is just its most recent victim.
Díaz immerses us in the tumultuous life of Oscar and the history of the family at large, rendering with genuine warmth and dazzling energy, humor, and insight the Dominican-American experience, and, ultimately, the endless human capacity to persevere in the face of heartbreak and loss. A true literary triumph, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao confirms as one of the best and most exciting voices of our time -- Penguin Publishers
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The event is free and open to the general public.
Refreshments will be served.