The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz


recommended by katie garcia, nina roth, lizania cruz and jessica comingore

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.

“Junot Diaz is an incredible author. “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” was my first introduction to his writing. While being funny and tragic, his book opens your eyes to the complicated history of the Dominican Republic, and the struggles of coming of age as a first generation Dominican-American. I highly recommend it!” - Jessica Comingore

“It was such an eye-opening book in terms of what I learned about the history of the Dominican Republic. Despite being Cuban, I didn’t know much about the neighboring island of the DR. I never knew the story behind Trujillo or Las Hermanas Mirabal, but after reading I felt enlightened.” - Katie Garcia

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