Novelist Junot Diaz

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Son of the Dominican Republic and New Jersey, Junot Diaz made a huge splash a decade ago with a tough, vivid collection of short stories on Latino ghetto life called "Drown." Now, Diaz is back with a debut novel that is knocking the socks off critics.

"The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" tracks one heart-torn family from surreally brutal dictatorship in Santo Domingo to a sexy, urban, sci-fi, Spanglish tragicomedy in the USA. Time magazine calls it "astoundingly great."

This hour, On Point: Junot Diaz and "Oscar Wao."Guest:

Junot Diaz, author of the new book "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" and the best-selling short story collection "Drown."

This program aired on September 12, 2007.


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