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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao


by Junot Díaz

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Resources


The Annotated Oscar Wao

This website meticulously tracks allusions for the curious reader. It also translates any Spanish phrases. Jackpot.

Junot Díaz's Website

We're not sure that Díaz would respond to you personally, but this website lists his email address. Also, it has a calendar of his upcoming readings. Field trip, anyone?

Demarest Hall's Got a Website?

Yup. Learn everything there is to know about the Rutgers dorm where Oscar Wao, Yunior, and Junot Díaz roomed during college.

Movie or TV Productions

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Miramax and producer Scott Rudin own the rights to Wao. Rudin has also produced Shmoop favorites like The Darjeeling Limited, No Country for Old Men, and Fantastic Mr. Fox.


Unconventional? Who, me?

Our favorite culture vulture Meghan O'Rourke interviews Junot Díaz about his unique writing style.

Díaz vs. Powell's: Portland's City Block o' Books

Some guy named Dave interviews Díaz on for Powells.com.

The New York Times Loves Wao

Michiko Kakutani, who has probably reviewed every important book out there, lavishes praise on the novel.

The Washington Post Review of Brief Wondrous

Jabari Asim reviews Brief Wondrous for The Washington Post.


QTV Interviews Junot Díaz about Everything that Matters in this Book

Remarkable interview with Díaz. Díaz discusses the central themes of Brief Wondrous, including masculinity in American culture and what it means to be a Dominican-American.

I'm Just a New Jersey Boy

Díaz talks about New Jersey at Bergen Community College.


Junot Díaz and Terry Gross are a Match Made in Heaven

Díaz reads from Brief Wondrous then answers questions from Terry Gross on NPR's Fresh Air.

Junot Díaz on NPR's Morning Edition

Díaz talks about his immigration to New Jersey, Brief Wondrous, and his reading life.

Junot Díaz Completes the NPR Magic Triad

Shmoop's all-time-favorite radio program, This American Life, invited Díaz to read two of his short stories for Episodes 57 and 94.


The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Cover

Pic of the slickly designed cover.

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