The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

This novel tells the story of Oscar de Leon, an overweight Dominican boy growing up in New Jersey who is obsessed with science fiction, fantasy novels, and falling in love, but is perpetually unlucky in his romantic endeavors. The narrative not only explores Oscar's life but also delves into the lives of his family members, each affected by the curse that has plagued their family for generations. The book is a blend of magical realism and historical fiction, providing a detailed account of the brutal Trujillo regime in the Dominican Republic and its impact on the country's people and diaspora.

The 412th greatest book of all time


Published
2007
Nationality
Dominican
Type
Fiction
Pages
300-400
Words
207,500
Original Language
English