Our first reading pick will be: The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz.
The reading deadline will be the 15th of the following month, with open and rolling discussion thereafter.
The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is Diaz’s second book and his first novel. In April 2008, it was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. It’s unlike any book we’ve ever read. With its fringe-character narrator, its sprawling historical asides (Dominican history is peppered throughout, primarily via reeeeally long footnotes); and the Don Quixotesque travails of the titular character, it succeeds as the rare work of simultaneous fiction and nonfiction.
Grab a copy at Amazon.com (where it’s currently on sale for $7.95) or at your local library (support community literacy!) and we’ll start to discuss it on February 15. See you then.