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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

By Junot Diaz

This is one of the most spectacular works of fiction I have ever read. Diaz’s narrator’s prose is sharp, unique, funny, and keenly representative of contemporary urban America, in particular the Latino immigrant community. Chock full of cultural, literary, sci-fi/genre, and historical references, I could read this book ten times and pick up on new nuances every time. The story weaves through the past and present of Oscar de Leon and his family’s lives in New Jersey and the Dominican Republic in epic style, but without dragging. On the one hand, I cannot believe this book has been buried in my TBR list for so many years, but on the other hand, I’m sad that I’ll never get to read it again for the first time. Truly a masterpiece.

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