One title on the list:
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar WaoRead about another book on Kaminski's list.
by Junot Diaz
The eponymous hero of Junot Diaz’s breakout novel is a fat, warm, complex, lonely, sex-starved, sci-fi-obsessed New Jersey kid who happens to be a Dominican. We’re in Philip Roth territory here. Wao’s angst is that of an adolescent (where does he, a Dominican “GhettoNerd,” fit in?) and of an immigrant (ditto). Diaz peppers his book with Spanish phrases and pop-dweeb trivia without explaining either, which in no way hurts the book. As for sections of the novel set back in the native land of Oscar’s mother, extended footnotes are provided “for those of you who missed your mandatory two seconds of Dominican history.” The novel is a rare accomplishment, a serious literary work with “street” appeal.
Also see Junot Díaz's most important books and the Page 99 Test: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.