Junot Diaz’s Oscar

After way too much time, I’m finally reading The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.  It came out 3 years ago to a truckload of acclaim, and Rex and Chloe have both read it and love it, but for some reason I’ve put it off.  It won the Pulitzer and I put it off.  We saw Junot Diaz “in conversation” last year in San Jose and absolutely loved him, and I put it off.  What’s the deal???  Well … last night I read the first 20 pages and am already totally sucked into this story.  I love the voice and structure that Diaz uses — something I thought would bug me, but is completely charming and funny, funny, funny.  The narrator is original and so is Diaz’s subject matter.  Yes, it’s true.  I’ve never read a story about a “sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd” and I’m happy to be reading it now.  Finally.

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