Thoughts Without Cigarettes : A Memoir (Paperback)

Author: Hijuelos, Oscar

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The beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist ("The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love") turns his pen to the real people and places that have influenced his life and, in turn, his literature.

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Publisher Penguin Group USA
Mfg Part# 9781592407187
SKU 225111278
Format Paperback
ISBN10 1592407188
Release Date 6/5/2012
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"Was there ever a time and place more alive and unpredictable than New York City in the middle decades of the 20th century? Oscar Hijuelos was lucky enough to live there then, a son of Cuban immigrants. In his often deeply affecting memoir, THOUGHTS WITHOUT CIGARETTES, he describes the odd cast that called his West Harlem street home."
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Editors Note A beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist turns his pen to the real people and places that have influenced his life and literature.  A comprehensive look into the mind of a writer.||Born in Manhattan's Morningside Heights to Cuban immigrants in 1951, Oscar Hijuelos introduces readers to the colorful circumstances of his upbringing. The son of a Cuban hotel worker and exuberant poetry-writing mother, his story, played out against the backdrop of a working-class neighborhood, takes on an even richer dimension when his relationship with his family and culture changes forever. During a sojourn with his mother in pre-Castro Cuba, he catches a disease that sends him into a Dickensian home for terminally ill children. The yearlong stay estranges him from the very language and people he had so loved.With a cast of characters whose stories are both funny and tragic, Thoughts Without Cigarettes follows Hijuelos's subsequent quest for his true identity ? a mystery whose resolution he eventually discovers hidden away in the trappings of his fiction, and which finds its most glorious expression in his best-known book,The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love. Illuminating the most dazzling scenes from his novels, Thoughts Without Cigarettes reveals the true stories and indelible memories that shaped a literary genius.
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