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The author Junot Diaz immerses the readers in the tumultuous life of Oscar who is disastrously overweight and lives with his old- world mother and rebellious sister. He dreams of finding love but will never get so because of Fukœ-the curse that has haunted Oscar’s family for generations, dooming them to prison, tragic accidents, and above all, an ill- starred love.
What makes this book stand out?
The author has given us dazzling energy, humor, and insights into Dominican- American and the human capacity to persevere in the face of heartbreak and loss. It is a true literary triumph and is one of the top 10 books.
Read it for
The book has strong characters and they engross you.
Don't read it for
The language might be difficult to get used to.