It is almost time for another TAFicity book club discussion. This month the group will discuss The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz. This book won the Pulitzer Prize in 2008.
Summary from Amazon: “Oscar is a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd who—from the New Jersey home he shares with his old world mother and rebellious sister—dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, most of all, finding love. But Oscar may never get what he wants. Blame the fukú—a curse that has haunted Oscar’s family for generations, following them on their epic journey from Santo Domingo to the USA.
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.”
About the author: Junot Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed Drown and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist. He is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, PEN/Malamud Award, Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, and PEN/O. Henry Award.
The book group will meet on August 2 from 4 to 6 pm (see our members-only pages on Meetup for details and to RSVP). Please bring a snack or drink to share. Didn’t finish the book? Come anyway!
Trina, another parent member of TAFicity, has graciously offered to lead the book discussion while I am frantically making revisions to my book manuscript. If I am not able to attend, know that I am missing all of you and look forward to seeing all of you in November to discuss Teaching The Cat to Sit by Michelle Theall, who lives in Boulder.
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