In Beautiful Maria of My Soul, Oscar Hijuelos returns to the character of Maria from his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love. The reader follows the enchanting Maria from Havana before Castro’s rise, to the steamy streets of Miami. Learning to Die in Miami: Confessions of a Refugee Boy is Carlos Eire’s second memoir about his journey from Cuba to America as a boy on his own, and the pains and joys of assimilation. Oscar Hijuelos, the son of Cuban immigrants, is a recipient of the Rome Prize, and the Pulitzer Prize. His novels have been translated into twenty-five languages. Born in Havana in 1950, Carlos Eire left his homeland in 1962. His first memoir, Waiting for Snow in Havana, won the National Book Award for Nonfiction 2003.
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