The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

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Who was raped at the age of eight?

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Near the beginning of The Brief and Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao, it is mentioned that Oscar's sister, Lola was raped by a neighbor when she was eight years old. Interestingly, this is said by the narrator in a very casual way. So casual in fact that one can almost miss it in the reading. It is unclear exactly what the neighbor did, but through context, we can assume that young Lola was sexually assaulted, and likely raped.

There is a strange, yet poignant, hushing up of sexual assault throughout the...

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