“A rich and sorrowful novel . . . that alternates crisp narrative with opulent musings—the language of everyday and the language of longing. You finish feeling . . . ready to throw up your arms and cry, Que bueno es! Mr. Hijuelos is writing music of the heart.”
—New York Times Book Review
“Brilliant . . . Memorable . . . A heady and powerful triumph . . . One of the most spectacularly vibrant and moving works by an American in years.”
–Alice Metcalf Miller, Cleveland Plain Dealer
When it was first published in 1989, The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love became an international bestselling sensation, winning rave reviews and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. To celebrate its 20th anniversary, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel that changed the landscape of American literature returns with a new afterword by Oscar Hijuelos.
Here is the story of the memorable Castillo brothers, émigrés from Havana to New York’s Upper West Side. The lovelorn songwriter Nestor and his macho brother Cesar find success in the city’s dance halls and beyond playing the rhythms that earn them their band’s name, as they struggle with elusive fame and lost love in a richly sensual tale that has become a cultural touchstone and an enduring favorite.
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