The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
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Join the discussion on Dec. 2, 2014. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2008, this novel, set in New Jersey, is a portrait of a brutal time in the 20th century Dominican Republic and the life of a family who escaped it. Encapsulating Dominican-American history, it explores the endless human capacity... Read More »
If you like funny with your heartbreak: The tumultuous life of Oscar and his family at large, is also a story of the Dominican-American experience and, ultimately, the endless human capacity to persevere in the face of heartbreak and loss.
The Dominican-American called Oscar is a brilliant, science fiction loving teen who is accepted by no one, thanks in part to the Fuku-the curse that has haunted the Oscar's family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. Funny, heartbr... Read More »
A beautifully written, heartbreaking story of a Dominican boy living in New York who cannot find a place where he is accepted. The novel is filled with rapid-fire allusions to science fiction novels from Stephen King to Octavia Butler to E.E. Doc Smith to Andre Norton to...
The Dominican-American called Oscar is a brilliant, science fiction loving teen who is accepted by no one. Funny, heartbreaking, and crackling with allusions.
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A first lesson in the fragility of love and the preternatural cowardice of men. And out of this disillusionment and turmoil sprang Beli's first adult oath, on that would follow her into adulthood, to the States and beyond. I will not serve. Never again would she follow any lead other than her own Not the rector's, not the nuns', not La Inca's, not her poor dead parents'. Only me, she whispered. Me.
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