Junot Díaz's geek canon

I’m a decade late to Junot Díaz, an omission for which I have no real excuse. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao was worth the wait: it’s a novel so deft it overcame the limitations of my own taste. I am not usually a fan of the casual, offhand prose style in which the book is written—again, my defect—but Díaz executes it with such effortless perfection that I didn’t mind. Not once did his wry narrator tip the novel’s precarious tragicomedy out of balance.

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