Things have never been easy for Oscar. A ghetto nerd living with his Dominican family in New Jersey, he’s sweet but disastrously overweight. He dreams of becoming the next J.R.R. Tolkien and he keeps falling hopelessly in love. Poor Oscar may never get what he wants, thanks to the Fukú – the curse that has haunted his family for generations.
Junot Díaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
“But if these years have taught me anything it is this: you can never run away. Not ever. The only way out is in.”