Oscar Hijuelos, the author best known for his
The 1989 novel "The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love" told the story of two Cuban brothers who emigrated to New York to try to make it as musicians in the 1950s. When the book won the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, Hijuelos became the first Latino writer to be awarded that prize.
The book was also made into 1992 film, "The Mambo Kings," starring
The New York-born son of Cuban immigrants, Hijuelos was raised in a vibrant multicultural neighborhood. He attended the City College of New York, where he took classes from Susan Sontag and Donald Barthelme. En route to his first visit with Barthelme, he walked past the offices of three legendary writers: Joseph Heller, William S. Burroughs and Francine du Plessix Gray.