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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
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Oscar is an overweight, science-fiction obsessed boy who, though born with the self-described Dominican sense of romantic love, can never seem to find it. When he finally does, it leads to tragic consequences.

The story episodically jumps back and forth focusing at times on Oscar, his mother, sister, grandmother and grandfather. It is a triptych through time and place and a great multi-cultural resource, providing a lot of Dominican history (though I'm not a great fan of Junot Diaz' use of footnotes to shoe-horn some of these facts in) as well as a compelling story.

I enjoyed reading this, but I have to admit that my joy in experiencing the story never quite hit the level of hype surrounding the novel's publicity.
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