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Our House in the Last World

Our House in the Last World Oscar Hijuelos

"Just about the finest first novel ever written . . . one of those great works of art that breaks your heart and yet miraculously makes you whole - a towering achievement." — Junot Díaz

35th Anniversary Edition, featuring a new forward by Pablo Medina

This debut novel by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, bears all the hallmarks of Hijuelos's later work—exuberance, passion, honesty, and humor. Filled with the sights and sounds of Cuba's Oriente province and New York City, the music and films of the fifties, lusty fantasies and the toughest of life's realities, it is the unforgettable story of Hector Santinio, the American-born son of Cuban immigrants, who is haunted by tales of "home" (a Cuba he has never seen) and by the excesses and then the death of his loving father. This edition includes a new autobiographical introduction by the author, reflecting on how he came to write Our House in the Last World, and a new afterword in which he comments on the story.

Praise for the Book:
"Virtuoso writing that describes immigrant life in New York . . . a novel of great warmth and tenderness."—New York Times Book Review

"What a pleasure that Our House in the Last World, in a new edition, will be readily available when we most need it, a story that stands up for the dignity of American immigrants."—Esmeralda Santiago, author of When I Was Puerto Rican

About the Author:

Oscar Hijuelos (1925-2013) was born in New York City. Hi is the author of nine novels and a memoir. For Our House in the Last World (1983), he won the Rome Prize, given by the American Academy in Rome. In 1990, he became the first Latino to with the Pulitzer Prize , for The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love. Hijuelos's novels have been translated into more than thiry languages.

 Paperback / $15.95 (Can. $21.95) / ISBN 978-0-89255-484-3 / 242 pages / Fiction

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