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The Fourteen Sisters of Emilio Montez O'Brien

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The Fourteen Sisters of Emilio Montez O'Brien

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Oscar Hijuelos
genre:
Fiction

We gave it a C

Hollywood and the Pulitzer Prize committee loved Oscar Hijuelos’ second novel, The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, although some readers found its lengthy celebrations of male lust exasperating. As if in response, Hijuelos has turned to a female milieu, the household of a dreamy Cuban woman, her dour Irish husband, and their many daughters, chronicling their lives from birth to death. Unfortunately, The Fourteen Sisters of Emilio Montez O’Brien mistakes nostalgia for plot, drenching the action in melancholy or spicing it with enough anatomical detail to embarrass a committed voyeur. Tumescent bodies, flaccid writing. C