Penguin author Junot Díaz wins Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
Junot Díaz has won the prestigious 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, published by Penguin Group (USA)'s Riverhead Books.
In a review for the New York Times, Michiko Kakutani wrote: 'The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is a wondrous, not-so-brief first novel that is so original it can only be described as Mario Vargas Llosa meets Star Trek meets David Foster Wallace meets Kanye West. It is funny, street-smart and keenly observed.... An extraordinarily vibrant book.' Time magazine called it 'astoundingly great' and 'the novel of the year.'
Since its publication in September the novel has received a host of other accolades, including the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction; the Mercantile Library Center's John Sargent Prize for First Novel, and was a 2007 New York Public Library 'Book to Remember.' It was also named a best book of 2007 by the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Sun-Times, New York Daily News and was chosen as one of the top 10 books of the year by Time, People and Entertainment Weekly, among others.