This writer has given us a gift. Diaz transcends culture beautifully but does not take short cuts. His story is told from the experience of someone from the Dominican Republic living in the USA but everyone can feel what the characters feel. His sporadic insertions of Spanglish are insightful and well placed. He pushes us to explore the culture with Spanish inserts. It is through the extra work that we have to do as readers that immerses us in this world and we want more. Poor Oscar - there is some of him in all of us. This is sad, hilarious and so full of life.
This book is truly brilliant.
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