Friday, December 07, 2007

The Best of 2007

Junot Díaz's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is one of the Village Voice's writers choice for their favorite 20 books of the year.
A decade after his legendary story collection Drown, Díaz seems like a different writer, but just as strong—where the earlier book was dead-serious, gory, and cinematic, Oscar Wao uses a light touch and incisive comedic sensibility to tell the story of a fat Dominican nerd from New Jersey who can't get a date; a Dominican dictator who can't not get a date; an immigrant family creaking and snapping under the weight of both; and a fukú the size of Hispaniola.
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