The Fourteen Sisters of Emilio Montez O'Brien by Oscar Hijuelos
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The author of The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love continues his portrait of America through the eyes of immigrants with the story of an intensely feminine Cuban-Irish family of fourteen daughters and its one doggedly masculine son.
 

About Oscar Hijuelos

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Óscar Hijuelos was born in Manhattan on August 24, 1951 to Cuban immigrants. He received a bachelor's degree and a master of fine arts degree from City College. His first novel, Our House in the Last World, was published in 1983. His other works include The Fourteen Sisters of Emilio Montez O'Brien, Mr. Ives's Christmas, Empress of the Splendid Season, A Simple Habana Melody (From When the World was Good), and Beautiful Maria of My Soul. His novel, The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, won the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for fiction and was made into a 1992 movie starring Armand Assante and Antonio Banderas. He also wrote a young adult novel entitled Dark Dude and a memoir entitled Thoughts Without Cigarettes. He died on October 12, 2013 at the age of 62.
 
Published February 1, 1993 by Farrar Straus & Giroux. 484 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Hijuelos's fluency--whether seamlessly singing the sad ballad of a family harrowed by madness and displacement in his first novel, Our House in the Last World (1985), or the slightly happier, warmer, more infectious up-tempo one of the Pulitzer-winning The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love (1989)--i...

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Hijuelos's second novel, The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love , won the Pulitzer Prize in 1990 and was a crossover sensation.

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Entertainment Weekly

Hollywood and the Pulitzer Prize committee loved Oscar Hijuelos' second novel, The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, although some readers found its lengthy celebrations of male lust exasperating.

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The Independent

Central to this seductive vision was Hijuelos's ability to conjure up the women of the time;

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People

With The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, his Pulitzer-prizewinning second novel brimming with macho lust, Hijuelos in 1989 became the king of Cuban-American letters.

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