The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

Want more deftly-told tales of outsiders? Try these next…

Taipei by Tao Lin for an urban, super-original story by a young male author

We Need New Names by NoViolet Buweylo for a strong, new (award-winning) voice in immigrant fiction that will both devastate and uplift you

Little Failure by Gary Shteyngart for a true story about a boy who’s unlucky in love, trying to fit into capitalist America

The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende for a sweeping saga about dictatorships, family and love in Latin America

This post was guest edited by Lex Hirst, an editor at Random House. She blogs about books at Beautiful & Necessary.