A word about Oscar Hijuelos, who died on Sunday

Cuban American books are rare.  We are slowly creating a library and it will take time to tell our story. We just learned that Oscar Hijuelos died of a heart attack in Washington DC: ""The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love" became a best seller and earned him international acclaim. He won the Pulitzer for fiction in 1990, making him the first Hispanic writer to receive that honor. The novel tells the story of two Cuban brothers who journey from Havana to New York to start an orchestra. At one point in the story, the brothers appear on the television sitcom "I Love Lucy," which starred Lucille Ball and her Cuban bandleader husband, Desi Arnaz. The book was eventually turned into a movie starring Armand Assante and Antonio Banderas." It was fiction but "los hermanos Castillo" connected with all us.   It was one of the most entertaining books I've read and movies I've watched.   I have recommended the movie to many, specially those who like a...(Read Full Post)