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  Empress of the Splendid Season The collision of Cuban dreams with sometimes harsh American realities has been Oscar Hijuelos's great theme, most notably in Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love. Certainly it's at the heart of his fifth novel, Empress of the Splendid Season, which chronicles the trials, tribulations, and infrequent... Read more

  Mr. Ives' Christmas : A Novel "Stunning...a triumph...with honesty at its core that seems almost shocking in this day and age. A lovely story." Read more

  Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love Inspired by their heroes Xavier Cugat and Desi Arnaz, brothers Cesar and Nestor Castillo come to New York City from Cuba in 1949 with designs on becoming mambo stars. Eventually they do--performing with Arnaz on "I Love Lucy" in 1955 and recording 78s with their own band, the Mambo Kings.... Read more

    Our House in the Last World New York Times Book Review
Virtuoso writing that describes immigrant life in New York...a novel of great warmth and tenderness. Read more

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