Our House in the Last World
35th Anniversary Edition, featuring a new forward by Pablo Medina
Pulitzer Prize winner Hijuelos’s debut depicts the struggle of an American-born son of Cuban immigrants to make sense of his “Cubanness” amid the harsh realities of 1960s New York City.
Filled with the sights and sounds of Cuba’s Oriente province and New York City, the music and films of the fifties, lusty fantasies and the toughest of life’s realities, it is the unforgettable story of Hector Santinio who is haunted by tales of “home” (a Cuba he has never seen) and by the excesses and then the death of his loving father.
“Just about the finest first novel ever written… one of those great works of art that breaks your heart and yet miraculously makes you whole - a towering achievement.”
“Virtuoso writing that describes immigrant life in New York… a novel of great warmth and tenderness.”
—New York Times Book Review
“What a pleasure that Our House in the Last World, in a new edition, will be readily available when we most need it, a story that stands up for the dignity of American immigrants.”
—Esmeralda Santiago, author of When I Was Puerto Rican
Oscar Hijuelos (1951-2013) was born in New York City. He is the author of nine novels and a memoir. Our House in the Last World (1983) won the Rome Prize, given by the American Academy in Rome. In 1990, he became the first Latino to win the Pulitzer Prize for The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love. Hijuelos's novels have been translated into more than thirty languages.
Paperback / $15.95 (Can $21.95) / ISBN 978-0-89255-484-3 / 242 pages / Fiction