I’m a huge fan of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz. It was published in 2007 and won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2008. And so today, when I went to the New Book shelf and saw Diaz’s collection of short stories I immediately knew that Drown by Junot Diaz would be today’s Fiction Friday selection. (The New Book shelf is for books new to the Library, not necessarily books newly released.)
Drown collects ten stories by Diaz. Published in 1996 it precedes Wondrous Life by a decade. Many of Junot’s characters share his background of being born in the Dominican Republic and growing up in New Jersey. To get a sense of Diaz’s style of writing check out his 2010 story “The Pura Principle” in The New Yorker. (Note that Diaz uses mature language and deals with mature themes.)
You can hear Diaz reading from The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao here.
If you’re not familiar with the New Book Shelf, check it out the next time you’re in the Library. It’s on your right as you enter, behind the chairs and lamps across from the Reference Desk. You can browse New Books at the Online Catalog by selecting the New Books tab.
Drown by Junot Diaz
Call Number: PS3554.I259 D76 1997
Status: Shelved at NEW BOOK SHELF until 01-22-12
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
Call Number: PS3554.I259 B75 2008
Status: On shelf