The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao | Study Guide

Junot Díaz

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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao | Chapter Summaries

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Timeline of Events

  • 1944–46

    Abelard is arrested by Trujillo's Secret Police for slander and is tortured and sentenced to prison.

    Part 2, Chapter 5
  • 1946

    Socorro gives birth to Belicia and is killed two months later; her daughters are separated.

    Part 2, Chapter 5
  • Later in 1946

    Belicia is sold to a foster family, where she endures years of abuse.

    Part 2, Chapter 5
  • 1955–62

    Belicia is rescued and adopted by La Inca.

    Part 1, Chapter 3
  • 1955–62

    Belicia gets in trouble with Jack Pujols and is expelled from high school.

    Part 1, Chapter 3
  • Early 1961

    Belicia falls in love with the Gangster and becomes pregnant.

    Part 1, Chapter 3
  • May 1961

    Belicia is abducted and beaten in a cane field as punishment for her affair with the Gangster.

    Part 1, Chapter 3
  • 1962

    La Inca sends Belicia to the United States to protect her.

    Part 1, Chapter 3
  • 1974–87

    Oscar goes to grade school and high school and experiences his first unrequited loves.

    Part 1, Chapter 1
  • 1982–85

    Belicia discovers she has breast cancer.

    Part 1, Chapter 2
  • 1982–85

    Lola rebels against her mother and runs away to live with her boyfriend.

    Part 1, Chapter 2
  • 1982–85

    Belicia sends Lola to stay with La Inca in Santo Domingo for the summer.

    Part 1, Chapter 2
  • 1990

    Oscar and Yunior become roommates in college.

    Part 1, Chapter 4
  • 1991

    Oscar tries to commit suicide by jumping off a bridge but survives.

    Part 1, Chapter 4
  • After graduation, 1992

    Oscar moves back to Paterson and becomes a teacher.

    Part 2, Chapter 6
  • Summer 1995

    Oscar visits Santo Domingo and falls in love with Ybón.

    Part 2, Chapter 6
  • August 1995

    Oscar is beaten by the police after Ybón's boyfriend discovers their affair.

    Part 2, Chapter 6
  • Shortly thereafter

    Oscar returns to Paterson but later flies back to Santo Domingo for Ybón.

    Part 2, Chapter 6
  • February 1996

    Oscar is beaten and killed by the Capitán's officers.

    Part 3, Chapter 7
  • Eight months later

    Yunior discovers Oscar's manuscripts.

    Epilogue

Chapter Summaries Chart

Chapter Summary
Prologue Junot Díaz introduces the novel with two epigraphs. The first is from a 1966 volume of the comic book Fantastic Four, an... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 1 Oscar isn't a "home-run hitter" or a playboy. He hasn't had much luck with girls since he was seven, when he was still... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 2 Oscar's sister, Lola, tells her story, beginning with helping her mother find a lump in her mother's breast. Lola has a ... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 3 The story shifts to that of Oscar and Lola's mother, Belicia, before they were born. She is tall and dark and—like her... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 4 The narrator, Yunior, begins to tell his own story. He is jumped while walking home one night, and Lola helps him recove... Read More
Part 2, Preface The story returns to Lola, and her return to Paterson after staying with her grandmother. Lola is reluctant to leave, an... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 5 The de León family always begins their story with Abelard and the bad thing he said about Trujillo. Abelard was Oscar ... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 6 After graduation Oscar moves back home, still a virgin. His substitute teaching turns into a full-time job at his form... Read More
Part 3, Preface Oscar pays Yunior a visit and tells him he is going back to work as a teacher at Don Bosco High School. Yunior notes tha... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 7 Oscar uses the money Yunior gives him to fly back to Santo Domingo and calls Clives to pick him up. He tells Clives "the... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 8 Yunior and Lola fly to Santo Domingo to collect Oscar's body and arrange for his funeral. Belicia's cancer returns, and ... Read More
Epilogue Lola's daughter is a beautiful girl, and on a string around her neck she wears three azbaches: one Oscar wore, one Lola ... Read More
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