Welcome to the discussion page for our reading of The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao. Scroll down to find out more about the editors you'll be hearing from, and watch our video discussions, read blogs, and discuss the book with other readers.
Andrew Losowsky, Books Editor. I'm British, so anything you think I've spelled wrong, is actually just spelled older. I look for stories to take my brain into new spaces, and I'll be particularly discussing the facts as we think we know them, and the clues I think we're being given by the story. I'll be choosing a few facts to use as jumping-off points for discussions.
Zoë Triska, Associate Books Editor. I was a Literature major so I can't help analyzing every single thing (from the syntax and language to metaphors, similes, you name it). I admit that I'm one of those people who Googles phrases, places, names every couple of pages when I'm reading. There are constantly things that stump me, though so I'd love to hear your thoughts on the significance of words, places, events that take place in the book.
Madeleine Crum, Assistant Books Editor. I like looking at language particularities, but in case you think that's a snooze (you wouldn't be alone), I'm also interested in reading what critics say about books and whether their reviews are spot on or way off.
Annemarie Dooling, Community Editor. Locations and descriptions speak to me the same way characters do. I love dissecting story details. If you read the same books over and over again the same way you visit an out-of-town friend, we're going to get along just fine.
Here's our reading schedule:
August 29: Pages 1-50
September 5: 51-113
September 12: 114-165
September 19: 166-210
September 26: 211-261
October 3: 262-335
Would you be interested in doing a Sunday evening Google hangout where everyone is invited? Leave a comment below telling us yes or no.