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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
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May 09, 14

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(FROM JACKET)Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd, a New Jersey romantic who dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R. R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the fuku-the ancient curse that has haunted Oscar's family for generations, dooming them in prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. Oscar, still dreaming of his first kiss, is only its most recent victim-until the fateful summer that he decides to be its last.
With dazzling energy and insight, Junot Diaz immerses us in the uproarious lives of our hero Oscar, his runaway sister Lola, and their ferocious beauty-queen mother Belicia, and in the family's epic journey from Santo Domingo to Washinton Heights to New Jersey's Bergenline and back again....
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