The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

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Who was the gangster in The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao married to and why?

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The Gangster is married to the sister of Dominican dictator Raphael Leonidas Trujillo. It is not explicitly explained why he married her, but we can make some educated guesses.

First, we are told that they both met in the sex trade. Trujillo's sister, who is referred to as La Fea (the ugly one), had been a prostitute and The Gangster was a pimp who had owned a number of hotels that prostitutes used to ply their trade. The Gangster is ever the opportunist. He probably felt like being the in-law of a powerful man like Trujillo would help forward his own...

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