Readers' Review: "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" By Junot Diaz
Junot Diaz’s first novel, “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” established him as one the most important voices in contemporary fiction. A New York Times review described his style as “Mario Vargas Llosa meets Star Trek meets David Foster Wallace meets Kanye West.” It’s the story of Oscar, a second-generation American obsessed with science fiction and finding love. Diaz takes us from Oscar’s home in New Jersey to his ancestral home in the Dominican Republic. Along the way, Oscar learns of the “curse” that haunted his family in the “old world," and may still be in the U.S. For this month’s Readers’ Review, Diane and her guests discuss the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.
author of "How to Read the Air" and "The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears". Mengestu is a 2012 MacArthur "genius" grant recipient.
former president of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation. She teaches writing at George Washington University.
professor of English at Syracuse University. Torres-Saillant formerly headed the Latino-Latin American Studies Program at Syracuse. He founded the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute, an interdisciplinary research unit located in the City College of New York.
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Excerpt from "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" by Junot Diaz. Copyright 2008 by Junot Diaz. Reprinted here by permission of Riverhead Trade. All rights reserved.