The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, by Oscar HijuelosRead about another entry on the list.
The 1990 Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction, Hijuelos was born in Cuba and was the first Hispanic American to win that coveted honor. The novel tells the story of Cuban brothers who move to America and pursue lost love and musical fame, reaching their pinnacle when they briefly appear on the TV show I Love Lucy. The brilliance of the writing brings much of early- and mid-20th century Cuban culture to life, and will inspire anyone hoping to explore that culture more deeply.
The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love is among Ted Gioia's ten best novels on music, Lucette Lagnado's six favorite books, and Leonardo Padura's top ten Cuban novels.