Junot Diaz is relieved.Read More
It has taken him 11 years to produce the follow-up novel to "Drown," his collection of short stories about growing up Dominican-American that was published to critical success in 1996. His new novel, "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao," follows the loves and losses (mostly losses) of a Dominican-American family back on the island and in New Jersey.
Throughout the book, Diaz points out that the family may be living under a curse, "a high-level fuku" that has doomed them to eternal unhappiness. But that curse may describe Diaz's temporary loss for words, the writer's block that paralyzed him sporadically over the years.
He managed to unlock his writer's block, and he seems at ease during an interview, although his leg pumps up and down like a car piston as he talks about his new novel and life after "Drown."
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