The Pulitzer Prize-winning The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love is a contemporary American classic, a book that still captivates and inspires 20 years after its first publication. Now, in Beautiful María of My Soul, Oscar Hijuelos returns to this indelible story, to tell it from the point of view of its beloved heroine, María.
She’s the great Cuban beauty who stole musician Nestor Castillo’s heart and broke it, inspiring him to write the Mambo Kings’ biggest hit, “Beautiful María of My Soul”. Now in her 60s and living in Miami with her pediatrician daughter, Teresa, María remains a beauty, still capable of turning heads. But she has never forgotten Nestor, and as she thinks back to her days—and nights—in Havana, an entirely new perspective on the Mambo Kings story unfolds.
“By turns street smart and lyrical, impassioned and reflective…a rich and provocative book—a moving portrait." (New York Times)
“I fell instantly in love with the glorious soul of Beautiful Maria of My Soul. Hijuelos has created and brought to life two beloved characters, a heart-stealing heroine and Havana during an epoch of changing fate.” (Amy Tan, best-selling author of The Joy Luck Club)
“María enchants….Her story is one of fierce love, luscious sex, and otherworldly beauty, but also of heartbreak and hardness.” (Publishers Weekly)
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So this is the Real Maria
Beautiful, rich, warm, engaging.