The Fourteen Sisters of Emilio Montez O'Brien

The Fourteen Sisters of Emilio Montez O'Brien

Book - 1993
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Baker & Taylor
A portrait of America as seen through the eyes of its new arrivals follows the story of an intensely feminine Cuban-Irish family of fourteen daughters and its one doggedly masculine son

Blackwell North Amer
In his new novel, Oscar Hijuelos, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, brings to life the rambunctious Montez O'Brien family. The father, Nelson O'Brien, is an enterprising Irish immigrant who travels to Cuba as a photographer during the Spanish-American War in 1898, and there he meets his future wife, the sensitive, aristocratic, poetic Mariela Montez. As they are enroute to America in 1902, their first daughter, Margarita, whose reminiscences inform much of this novel's narrative, is born at sea. The Montez O'Briens settle in a small Pennsylvania town, where Nelson practices his photography trade and runs the Jewel Box Movie Theater, and Mariela gives birth to thirteen more daughters and then, finally, a son.
As Margarita looks back on her long and full life, the novel recounts the lives, loves, and tragedies of the Montez O'Briens and their always complex relations with one another. It also follows Emilio through his days in Greenwich Village, the army, and Hollywood, where, as Monty O'Brien, he stars in grade-B detective and Tarzan movies and pals around with screen idols like Errol Flynn. Never altogether at peace in the overwhelming feminine world of his family, he searches restlessly for an elusive true love. And after an unhappy early marriage, Margarita herself finds the deepest passion of her life in extreme old age.
The Fourteen Sisters of Emilio Montez O'Brien is a raucous and heartfelt epic that spans both the continent and our century, a celebration of the moments of earthly happiness that give meaning to diverse yet deeply interrelated existences and of the constantly surprising, regenerating life force that keeps insisting on change and renewal.

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The author of The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love continues his portrait of America through the eyes of immigrants with the story of an intensely feminine Cuban-Irish family and its one doggedly masculine son. 75,000 first printing. $75,000 ad/promo.

Publisher: New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 1993
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780374158156
Branch Call Number: FICTION HIJUE


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mathmami Jun 21, 2014

several generations of cuban irish family


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