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The Brief Wondrous Life
of Oscar Wao



This thrilling adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel chronicles the life of Oscar Wao an overweight science-fiction enthusiast who dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien. Encapsulating magical realism and Dominican-American history, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao presents audiences with an astonishing vision of the contemporary American experience and explores the endless human capacity to persevere, and risk it all in the name of love.

Oscar de Leon is an overweight Dominican boy growing up in Paterson, New Jersey who obsesses over science fiction and fantasy novels, falling in love, and the curse that has plagued his family for generations. Despite the endless taunting, Oscar remains true to himself. As the family curse declares its power, the fear and violence of Oscar's family history collide with Oscar's present.

This Literature to Life presentation features the delicately brutal words of Junot Díaz, author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Díaz details the life-long alienation of a fantasy world-obsessed Oscar, and how – We come to understand the culture of fear and violence that has resulted from Trujillo's 30+ years dictatorship of the Dominican Republic, and the importance of facing fear with love.

Suggested Ages: Ages 13 and up



Lois Lowry

Author: Junot Diaz

Adaptation and Direction:
Elise Thoron

Black Boy



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