This is a collection of Oscar Hijuelos’ first three novels. He is the first Hispanic author to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his international bestselling novel The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, which was also made into a popular movie in 1992 starring Antonio Banderas and Armand Assante.
The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love: Cuban brothers Nestor and Cesar Camillo come to New York City in 1949 with dreams of becoming famous Mambo musicians. This memorable novel traces the arc of the two brothers' lives--one charismatic and macho, the other soulful and sensitive--from Havana to New York, from East Coast clubs and dance halls to the heights of musical fame.
Our House in the Last World: Hector Santinio is the younger son of Cuban immigrants living in New York. Caught between his mother's anxieties and his father's macho expectations, he struggles to find an identity for himself while wrestling with both cultural and personal isolation. Meanwhile Horatio, his older brother, falls into the womanizing and drinking pattern demonstrated by their father. This is a sweeping, poignant tale of the immigrant experience in New York--as a homeland the brothers have never visited exerts an undeniable influence on them both.
The Fourteen Sisters of Emilio Montez O'Brien: In a small town in rural Pennsylvania, Irish photographer Nelson O'Brien and Cuban poet Mariela Montez raise fourteen daughters and one son. Oscar Hijuelos introduces the dynamic Montez O'Brien family--half Irish, half Cuban, and wholly memorable. Told through the eyes of the oldest daughter, Margarita, the intricate relationships, intense passions, griefs and joys of a complex and dynamic cast of characters come to life in a novel that's both exuberant and lyrical.
- English Published