The literary world has lost yet another voice today, dear readers. Gotham publishers confirmed that Pulitzer Prize winning Cuban-American author Oscar Hijuelos has passed away today in New York at the age of 62.
Hijuelos won the Pulitzer in 1990 for his novel The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, which is the story of two Cuban brothers who emigrate to New York in 1950s to try and make it as musicians. He was the first Latino to win the prize. The book was subsequently adapted into a movie in 1992 called “The Mambo Kings,” which starred Armand Assante and Antonio Banderas.
RIP Oscar Hijuelos. You will be missed.