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Cornell NorCal Book Club- The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

  • 15 Dec 2020
  • 8:00 PM
  • Zoom virtual meeting
  • 24


  • Free
  • Free


Our book club focuses on reading contemporary novels from around the globe. Grab your cup of coffee or tea and join us on Zoom on December 15 at 8 p.m. to discuss our selection for December: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, written by Cornellian Junot Díaz.  This novel won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Books Critics Circle Award, and Time Magazine #1 Fiction Book of the Year. 

Description from Goodreads:

Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican 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 the 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.

Diaz 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 Diaz as one of the best and most exciting voices of our time.

A Zoom link for the meeting will be sent out to participants before the meeting. 

Please contact Ellen Taylor J.D. '16 with questions.

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