Books by Oscar Hijuelos

TWAIN & STANLEY ENTER PARADISE by Oscar Hijuelos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"This book is good news for Hijuelos fans, but considering its flaws, it's tantalizing to think of what it would have been like if the author had managed to finish it himself."
Posthumous publication of an ambitious, atypical historical novel by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author. Read full book review >
THOUGHTS WITHOUT CIGARETTES by Oscar Hijuelos
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2011

"Uneven—but with peerless evocations of people and of a struggle to find a voice."
Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Hijuelos (Beautiful Maria of My Soul, 2010, etc.) revisits the people and experiences whose confluence created his most celebrated work, The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love (1989). Read full book review >
BEAUTIFUL MARÍA OF MY SOUL by Oscar Hijuelos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2010

"More than worth the wait."
A sequel to The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love (1989) that sings with the sweet sensuality of its predecessor. Read full book review >
DARK DUDE by Oscar Hijuelos
FICTION
Released: Sept. 16, 2008

"Even so, young readers will genuinely care about Rico and be carried along on his journey of discovery. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
Fifteen-year-old Rico Fuentes, who refers to himself as the "palest Cubano who ever existed on the planet," feels impelled by circumstances involving drugs, truancy and family to flee Harlem for Wisconsin; it's the 1960s and his good friend Roberto, a lottery winner, is attending college and has rented a farm nearby. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2002

"A masterpiece of history, music, wonder, and sorrow that capably embraces most of a troubled century. Riveting. It should go far indeed."
Pulitzer-winner Hijuelos (Empress of the Splendid Season, 1999, etc.) is at his massively engaging best in this bittersweet life story of a gifted Cuban composer. Read full book review >
EMPRESS OF THE SPLENDID SEASON by Oscar Hijuelos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 5, 1999

"Sturdy truths and honest humanity in another look at life † la Hijuelos. (Literary Guild selection; author tour)"
Pulitzer-winner Hijuelos (Mr. Ives— Christmas, 1995, etc.) offers up a slow-moving but sometimes poignant slice-of-lifer about a Cuban-American family from the 1940s onward. Read full book review >
MR. IVES' CHRISTMAS by Oscar Hijuelos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Hijuelos shows himself this time to be that vanishing, valuable thing: a writer, even if not uniformly polished, whose passions can make art out of what for others would remain only issues. (Book-of-the-Month selection; author tour)"
Pulitzer-winning Hijuelos's fourth sails close to the shoals of sentiment but remains an honest, moving account of a man, his family, and the changing city they live in. Read full book review >
THE FOURTEEN SISTERS OF EMILIO MONTEZ O'BRIEN by Oscar Hijuelos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 1993

"Fat but flat."
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)—is his signature, and here he gives it a very, very long solo in a family chronicle that follows a huge Irish-Cuban family across the span of a century. Read full book review >