In an ideal world, a collaboration between Junot Díaz and Lin-Manuel Miranda would result in a musical version of The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. But we can’t complain any time their worlds collide. In a new audiobook version, Lin-Manuel narrates the story of Oscar Wao – the protagonist of Junot’s 9-year-old masterpiece. So get ready to hear Miranda curse like never before.
The Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award-winning book follows Oscar Wao, a Dominican-American teen from New Jersey who’s intensely bullied and yearns for romantic companionship. While Wao is down on his luck for most of the book, the character resonates with many people, like Lin-Manuel. Earlier this year, Miranda told the New York Times that Oscar Wao is one of his literary heroes.
To get us hyped up for this new audio book, Penguin Random House gave Time an exclusive excerpt of the book. In the four-minute clip, Miranda reads the part of the book where Oscar’s mother finds out she is pregnant. Listen to it here. And purchase it here.