The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao: A Book Discussion
Junot Diaz has been a hot topic in the lives of a few Lelanders (and we know we’re not the only ones). Accordingly, a book discussion is certainly in order. You should join us!
Pick up a copy of his second masterpiece – which, by the way earned him a Pulitzer – and join us next month to share your thoughts.
When: Sunday, January 20th
Where: Stone Soup Leland House
1430 W Leland Ave
1 block north of Wilson, 1 block east of Clark
Bring the book, your thoughts, and food too if you want!
About the book: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Oscar is a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd who—from the New Jersey home he shares with his old world mother and rebellious sister—dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, most of all, finding love. But Oscar may never get what he wants. Blame the fukú—a curse that has haunted Oscar’s family for generations, following them on their epic journey from Santo Domingo to the USA. Encapsulating Dominican-American history, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao opens our eyes to an astonishing vision of the contemporary American experience and explores the endless human capacity to persevere—and risk it all—in the name of love.
And some about JD:
Junot Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Drown; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist. He is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, PEN/Malamud Award, Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, and PEN/O. Henry Award. A graduate of Rutgers College, Díaz is currently the fiction editor at Boston Review and the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.