The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

By Junot Díaz

  • Release Date: 2007-09-06
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 399 Ratings
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Winner of:
The Pulitzer Prize
The National Book Critics Circle Award
The Anisfield-Wolf Book Award
The Jon Sargent, Sr. First Novel Prize
Time Magazine #1 Fiction Book of the Year

One of the best books of 2007 according to: The New York TimesSan Francisco Chronicle, New York Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, The Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, People, The Village Voice, Time Out New York, Salon, Baltimore City Paper, The Christian Science Monitor, Booklist, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, New York Public Library, and many more...

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.


  • Read this!

    By Neodawn8
    If you have ever been or loved a misfit this book is a must-read. With a touch of history and a heaping dose of angst. I loved it!
  • Well deserved Pulitzer

    By Vivian Hsiao
    Artistic, funny, bizarre, powerful… I’m fully in support of Oscar Wao becoming, and defining, the new literary canon. Read it, you won’t be disappointed!
  • Great book!

    By E mills
    This is definitely worth the read. The narration of the story is so honest and unique that it holds your undivided interest throughout the book. This would be a good book to read if you need some good motivation in life.
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

    By Lissabw
    Wonderful tricks with language. Very colorful and oddly gentle. I left it in tears.
  • jaw dropping

    By Turbonic659
    I read this book senior year in highschool, for any readers (especially dominican) life does not get any more dominican than this book. The catch? Its perfectly crafted with aspects stretching from latin females to the history of trujillo and so forth. Worth reading regardless of your race you will love it.
  • Superb

    By Perezrob
    This is the kind of mastery at writing that makes you proud of sharing a heritage with Junot of being Dominican. As I read it I felt as if this was me living those things, especially because of the way he constructed the environment and the surroundings in which everything was taking place. Just superb!
  • Beautiful and Real

    By Geniza
    This story was broken up into many chunks, it's brilliant Dominican storytelling... At it's finest. When you are at the edge of your seat trying to figure out how one part of the story that's being narrated will relate to what you think the story is about, but you're really unsure...That's good storytelling. Junot Diaz does just that.
  • Unique

    By DesignGirl80
    A unique and interesting story. Recommended!
  • A Masterpiece

    By babylonsean
    This book caught me by suprise. The story is fantastic, the characters are all realistic, and the writing is top notch.
  • Heart-wrenchingly poignant

    By grim93
    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.