Junot Diaz (Ingrid)

Junot Diaz

                   Junot Diaz was born in the Dominican Republic, a child of five, with a mother and a father.  At the age of 6 he was told that his family was emigrating to the U.S.  Leaving everything familiar behind language, culture and friends, they ended up in Sayreville, New Jersey.  His home being close to a landfill, was affordable and cheap.  Despite his circumstances, he would escape to the Sayreville Library and read any book he could get his hands on looking for an answer as to why he had come to the United States.  Diaz mother although had been left by her husband still supported the family by working in cleaning jobs. Diaz found his way to Rutger University. At this point of his life he had finally found people similar to him.  In 1996 at age 27, his book  “Drown”, made him famous in an instant.  “Drown” is a collection of short stories about Dominican Repulic immigrants and their contridactory American-dream. It took him another 11 years to right “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” a story about a science-fiction lover who looks for love himself and a place to be. He is also won multiples awards for his books.  Junot Diaz is an insperation because he overcame difficulties such as, low economic status, his cultural background, and language barriers.


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