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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Beautiful Maria of My Soul

Title:  Beautiful Maria of My Soul
Author:  Oscar Hijuelos
Publication Date:  June 1, 2010
Synopsis from GoodReads:
In 1950s Manhattan, Nestor and Cesar Castillo play the sumptuous mambo beats of their native Cuba, where their biggest hit, “Beautiful Maria of My Soul,” earns them a spot on I Love Lucy–but their hopes for the future are dashed by a tragic accident.

Hijuelos returns to the story of his Pulitzer-Prize winning The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, this time telling it from Maria’s perspective. Maria arrives in Havana, one of the great beauties in a city of gorgeous chorus girls, and becomes the true passion of Nestor’s life. Having fled Cuba and her life there, Maria has never forgotten Nestor or the promise of what could have been, her memories set to the song bearing her name.

I haven't actually read The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, but I did pick it up cheap recently and my Cuban husband is reading it now.  I like learning more about this culture I've married into, so I'll probably be reading both of these pretty soon.

What are you waiting on this week?

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Jennifer G.


  1. Interesting background. Not something I will be reading, but am interested in how well you like it

  2. Ooooo this sounds totally up my alley. Thank you thank you. I'm running to GR to add it to my TBR right now :)

  3. Not sure if this would be for me or not--I'll wait for a few reviews; enjoy.

    Here is my WOW pick:

  4. I had totally forgotten about The Mambo Kings--thanks for reminding me! It's supposed to be good, and this also soudns pretty fantastic. Nice find!

    My WoW is over at bookwanderer.

  5. Not my kind of book, but interesting none the less. Here's my WOW.

  6. Great pick! This looks really intriguing. I see one of your older WOW's was She-Rain by Michael Cogdill. I just finished reviewing it at The Crowded Leaf if you're interested. It was a really amazing book.

  7. Sounds interesting. I don't really know very much about Cuban culture. I haven't read the first book either. It looks like a neat story. I hope you enjoy both books.

    Here is my WoW pick.

  8. Oooooo! I hadn't heard of either before but now I am quite intrigued now. I'll put a hold at the library then.

  9. I hope that you will enjoy it. Here's mine

  10. Just wanted to let you know that you have an award on my blog.

  11. Thanks, Christina!

    Thanks to everyone else for stopping by!


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