The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

Junot Díaz spent 11 years writing the energetic tale of Oscar Wao (a Spanish pronunciation of Oscar Wild) and took away the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for it.

Diaz immerses us in the tumultuous lives of Oscar, his runaway sister Lola, their beautiful mother Belicia,and in the family's uproarious journey from the Dominican Republic to the US and back. According to Diaz, Oscar's family lives much as Díaz' own family did, balancing two lives, two cultures, in New Jersey and their native Dominican Republic. The novel has been widely praised for its warmth and humour, as well as its realism and relevance, mixing pop culture, political criticism and characters with street credibility.