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The brief wondrous life of Oscar Wao [KIT]

Author: Junot Díaz
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2007.
Series: Books-to-Go Kits.
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This is the long-awaited first novel from one of the most original and memorable writers working today. Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. From his home in New Jersey, where he lives with his old-world mother and rebellious sister, Oscar dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Material Type: Kit
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Junot Díaz
ISBN: 9781594483295 1594483299 9781594483295 1594483299
OCLC Number: 800813768
Notes: The "book discusssion kit" is a box containing a book discussion notebook and multiple copies of one title for reading groups or book club discussions.
Contains: 10 copies of the book plus one book discussion notebook that contains an author biography, further readings, summary, and questions for group discussions.
Description: 339 pages ; 22 cm 10 copies + 1 discussion guide.
Series Title: Books-to-Go Kits.
Responsibility: Junot Díaz.

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This is the long-awaited first novel from one of the most original and memorable writers working today. Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. From his home in New Jersey, where he lives with his old-world mother and rebellious sister, Oscar 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 Fukœ--the curse that has haunted the Oscar's family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. Oscar, still waiting for his first kiss, is just its most recent victim. D'az immerses us in the tumultuous life of Oscar and the history of the family at large, rendering with genuine warmth and dazzling energy, humor, and insight the Dominican-American experience, and, ultimately, the endless human capacity to persevere in the face of heartbreak and loss. A true literary triumph, The brief wonderous life of Oscar Wao confirms Junot D'az as one of the best and most exciting voices of our time.

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