The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Critical reception

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao received high acclaim from book critics, appearing in over thirty-five best-of-the-year book lists.[41] The book won the John Sargent, Sr. First Novel Prize,[42] the Dayton Peace Prize in Fiction, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2008. New York magazine named it the Best Novel of the Year and Time magazine's Lev Grossman named it the best work of fiction published in 2007, praising it as "a massive, heaving, sparking tragicomedy".[43]

In 2009, website The Millions polled 48 writers, critics, and editors, including Joshua Ferris, Sam Anderson, and Lorin Stein;[44] the panel voted The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao the eighth-best novel since 2000, and readers ranked it first place.[45]

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