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When Tito Loved Clara

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When Tito Loved Clara, Jon Michaud | ME AND TITO DOWN BY THE SCHOOLYARD When Tito Loved Clara is funny and soapy

When Tito Loved Clara

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In Season
Jon Michaud
Algonquin Books

We gave it a B+

Clara Lugo — born in the Dominican Republic, raised in New York City’s Inwood, ”the neighborhood of parks and bodegas, of rivers and bridges” — escaped a painful childhood when Cornell offered her a full scholarship. Now a librarian, married and living in the New Jersey suburbs, she finds she cannot scrub herself clean of the past. Her sister, her pregnant 16-year-old niece, and her old high school sweetheart Tito, who’s suddenly reappeared after 15 years, see to that. It’s entertaining to watch the smart, piquantly funny Clara desperately try to impose a library-like order on her life. If only Michaud hadn’t felt the need to load When Tito Loved Clara down with so many soapy plot twists! B+