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Diaz's First Novel Details a 'Wondrous Life'

More than a decade ago, New Jersey writer Junot Diaz, a Rutgers graduate whose family emigrated from the Dominican Republic, made a huge debut with a collection of stories entitled Drown. Next week, his first novel appears. It's called The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.

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Alan Cheuse
Alan Cheuse died on July 31, 2015. He had been in a car accident in California earlier in the month. He was 75. Listen to NPR Special Correspondent Susan Stamburg's retrospective on his life and career.