This Pulitzer Prize winning tale of overweight "ghetto nerd" Oscar Leon is Junot Diaz's debut novel. In a narrative rich in Spanglish, history and culture, it spans the lives of Oscar and several of his family members as they struggle with the family curse of fuku. Fuku stems from actual Dominican folklore Junot grew up with, and its effects can be seen throughout the book as the characters pay dearly for the choices in love, and life, they've made.
BookMark: The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
By ALEXIS KUMASAKA • July 15, 2009