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Bookshelf | The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (2007) | A nerdy, overweight outsider’s search for love and happiness

Dominican-American Oscar Wao dreams of becoming the next J.R.R. Tolkien as much as he dreams of finding love.

Unfortunately, the world–including his family and friends–sees him as nothing more than a nerdy, overweight loser. As if Oscar didn’t have enough obstacles in his way to becoming one of New Jersey’s finest, there is also the devastating curse that has plagued his family for generations…

What I love most about this book is Junot Diaz’s writing style. It’s raw, entertaining, and exhilarating. In addition to the captivating tale of Oscar Wao and his various family members, Diaz injects plenty of interesting information about the history of the Dominican Republic under the rule of dictator Rafael Trujillo into the story. A fantastic read!

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