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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

By Junot Diaz

Genre: Fiction
Picked by: kellic
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Staff Review:

Mixing pop culture references and slang with issues of Hispanic-American identity and the often violent history of the Dominican Republic, the novel tells the story of Oscar de Leon and his family. Through the shifting perspectives offered, the characters are revealed as flawed human beings, each with his or her own baggage. Funny, sad, and sometimes even shocking, this book makes a lasting impression and is a great read.