The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

by Junot Diaz Year Published: Challenging
Diaz's novel revolves around the overweight and self-proclaimed nerdy Oscar and his struggle for love. The story moves beyond Oscar's point of view to include his fellow Dominican family members. Diaz uses a very informal style of writing which includes street slang and Spanish phrases (Those who have not taken high school Spanish may be lost through some of the dialect). Overlying themes of the story feature Dominican Heritage and love. The book won the Pulitzer prize and was also highly recommended by my older sister. (submitted by Brian)