The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Chapter 5 Summary and Analysis

Junot Diaz

Chapter 5 Summary and Analysis

The introduction of Part II is told from the viewpoint of Lola. She unwillingly returns to the U.S. after Max, her lover, dies. It is revealed that he is the father of one of her classmates. Though she had demanded two thousand dollars from him in exchange for sex, she returns it to his family after his death.

Her mother picks up the abuse where she left off. Told in flashback, Lola expresses an understanding of Beli, now that she herself is a mother. When she gets on the plane, Lola breaks down and weeps uncontrollably all the way home.

In Chapter 5 (which reverts to the unidentified narrator with the footnotes), the focus is on Abelard Cabral, Lola and Oscar’s grandfather....

(The entire section is 1014 words.)