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The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos

Written in effortless prose, this is a story about Cuban musicians and their families in New York in the 1950s. It is a great description of immigrants to the United States, grappling with the new language and the old ties of affection, the women steady and ambitious, the men hard drinking, locked in the old world and all the more attractive and interesting for their displacement.
Oscar Hijuelos was born in New York, the son of Cuban immigrants. The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love won the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for Literature.

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