Disguised at first as a casual romp through the life of a young nerd named Oscar, Diaz unveils the literary equivalent of chaos theory. Immediately, we fall in love with Oscar, and we see how the world around him complicates his life in full Murphy's Law fashion, from his troubled sister to his tortured mother, to his inability to meet society's expectations of masculinity. Somehow, Diaz has beautifully created a pageturner somewhere between joy and longing.
Living with an old-world mother and rebellious sister, an urban New Jersey misfit dreams of becoming the next J. R. R. Tolkien and believes that a long-standing family curse is thwarting his efforts to find love and happiness. A first novel by the author of the collection, Drown. 100,000 first printing.