The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is the first novel by Junot Diaz, winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The novel tells the story of Oscar de Leon, a Dominican-American living in Paterson, New Jersey. Oscar is an overweight nerd who dreams of becoming a science fiction writer. He is also obsessed with comic books and video games. Oscar’s mother, Beli, is a former beauty queen who is now a single mother. His father, Abelard, is a former professor who is now a janitor. Oscar’s sister, Lola, is a successful doctor. The novel chronicles the lives of Oscar and his family members as they struggle to find their place in the world.
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