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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Riverhead Books
Publication date September 6, 2007
Pages 352
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9781594489587
ISBN-10 1594489580
Dimensions 1 by 5.75 by 8.50 in.
Weight 1 lbs.
Original list price $24.95
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
Living with an old-world mother and rebellious sister, an urban New Jersey misfit dreams of becoming the next J. R. R. Tolkien and believes that a long-standing family curse is thwarting his efforts to find love and happiness. A first novel by the author of the collection, Drown. 100,000 first printing.
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Winner of:
The Pulitzer Prize
The National Book Critics Circle Award
The Anisfield-Wolf Book Award
The Jon Sargent, Sr. First Novel Prize
A Time Magazine #1 Fiction Book of the Year

One of the best books of 2007 according to: The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, New York Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, The Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, People, The Village Voice, Time Out New York, Salon, Baltimore City Paper, The Christian Science Monitor, Booklist, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, New York Public Library, and many more...

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

Oscar is a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. From his home in New Jersey, where he lives with his old-world mother and rebellious sister, Oscar dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the Fukú—the curse that has haunted Oscar's family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. Oscar, still waiting for his first kiss, is just its most recent victim.

Díaz immerses us in the tumultuous life of Oscar and the history of the family at large, rendering with genuine warmth and dazzling energy, humor, and insight the Dominican-American experience, and, ultimately, the endless human capacity to persevere in the face of heartbreak and loss. A true literary triumph, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao confirms Junot Díaz as one of the best and most exciting voices of our time.

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Hardcover
Book cover for 9781594489587
 
Large print edition from Thorndike Pr (February 6, 2008)
9781410404336 | details & prices | 465 pages | 5.75 × 8.75 × 1.00 in. | 1.32 lbs | List price $30.50
This edition also contains The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
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from Riverhead Books (September 6, 2007)
9781594489587 | details & prices | 352 pages | 5.75 × 8.50 × 1.00 in. | 1.00 lbs | List price $24.95
About: Living with an old-world mother and rebellious sister, an urban New Jersey misfit dreams of becoming the next J.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780571179558 Book cover for 9781594483295
 
Reprint edition from Riverhead Books (September 2, 2008)
9781594483295 | details & prices | 335 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.64 lbs | List price $16.00
About: Winner of: The Pulitzer Prize The National Book Critics Circle Award The Anisfield-Wolf Book Award The Jon Sargent, Sr.
from Gardners Books (February 21, 2008)
9780571179558 | details & prices | 352 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.25 in. | 1.05 lbs | List price $20.40
This edition also contains The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Miscellaneous
from Riverhead Books (September 6, 2007)
9781429560573 | details & prices | 352 pages | List price $12.99
This edition also contains The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Prebinding
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Reprint edition from Turtleback Books (September 2, 2008)
9780606147811 | details & prices | 339 pages | 5.25 × 8.25 × 1.25 in. | 0.75 lbs | List price $28.20
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