Happy Birthday to Oscar Jerome Hijuelos

Happy Birthday to novelist Oscar Jerome Hijuelos, born in New York City on August 24, 1951. Hijuelos is the first Latino to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, which he was awarded for his story, “The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love.”   This book was adapted as a movie in 1992 and as a Broadway musical in 2005.  His novels focus on the immigrant experience in America, drawing on his Cuban American heritage. His work, “Beautiful Maria of My Soul”, continued the story of the Mambo Kings, but this time from the perspective of – you guessed it, movie fans – Maria herself.  Hijuelos earned a BA and an MA in creative writing from the City University of New York.