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Junot Diaz was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He is a graduate of Rutgers University and received his Master of Fine Arts Degree from Cornell University. His collection of short stories, Drown, was described as 'a dazzlingly talented first book' by Hermione Lee in the Independent on Sunday. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is his debut novel. He teaches creative writing at MIT (Massachussetts Institute of Technology)
February 2009 Debut of the Month. Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Although the title suggests this book is all about Oscar, he is just one out of an array of characters. Oscar’s family believe they have lived under a curse having suffered at the hands of the ruthless dictator of the Dominican Republic. The story follows three generations from the 1930’s, each coping with their struggles in their own way. A fascinating history of the Dominican Republic as well as a family drama.