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The Resource Tomorrow they will kiss : a novel, Eduardo Santiago

Tomorrow they will kiss : a novel, Eduardo Santiago

Label
Tomorrow they will kiss : a novel
Title
Tomorrow they will kiss
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Eduardo Santiago
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Like her native Cuba, Graciela Altamira is beautiful, defiant, passionate, and constantly threatened with some kind of trouble." "Far from her tropical home, toiling in a New Jersey doll factory, Graciela longs for the same happy ending that seems always to come in her beloved telenovelas - a kiss powerful enough to erase the sins of her past and the haunting memory of her homeland." "But how can she forget when she lives among the ghosts of that little Cuban town? With Caridad and Imperio - two women Graciela has known since girlhood - by her side in the factory, it seems she'll never be free of her past, never truly able to pursue the possibility of love she finds quite unexpectedly in the cold, gray New Jersey winter." "Tomorrow They Will Kiss is a tale of love pursued at any cost, of how friendship and history unite us for better or worse, and of the hope for that redemptive kiss capable of reconciling estranged lovers and countries."--BOOK JACKET
Review
  • Adult/High School –Total obsession with the lives of romantic telenovela characters unites three disparate young women who have come from Cuba to New Jersey in the 1960s, in this sometimes sad, sometimes funny tale. Coming from the warm, easy pace of their homeland, and now freezing on the way to work in a doll factory, the women find hope for tomorrow both for themselves and for the TV characters whose loves and friendships they endlessly discuss. Graciela, a beautiful single mother looking for romance and a way to better herself in America, is the object of Caridad’s and Imperio’s derision and jealousy. Santiago shows readers life in Cuba before and after Castro. History students will develop a personal feeling for this period, and teens will relate to the immigrant experience as it is portrayed here. Those who liked Julia Alvarez’s How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents (Plume, 1992) will also enjoy this novel.–Ellen Bell, Amador Valley High School, Pleasanton, CA --Ellen Bell (Reviewed September 1, 2006) (School Library Journal, vol 52, issue 9, p248)
  • Scandal catches up to the Cuban émigré community in America circa 1967 in this fresh, relevant first novel by TV writer Santiago. The story switches point of view among three women who grew up in Palamagria, Cuba, and now ride to work together every day at a Union City, N.J., toy factory. Single mother Graciela is a kind, insecure romantic hoping more than anything for the same true love that redeems the beleaguered women on the nightly telenovelas . Caridad, a vain gossip, and Imperio, bossy and sharp-tongued, share a lifelong indignation ("Imag ínate !") over Graciela's nerve: in Cuba, marrying above her station and cheating on her desirable husband and in America learning English and catching the eye of the factory foreman, Mr. O'Reilly. So it's with barely contained envy—and a comical penchant for over-justifying their bitterness—that the two try to interfere in Graciela's attempts to better herself in America. Though the two antagonists can grate—their vitriol against Graciela is constant—the detailed immigrant community is vital and entertaining. (July) --Staff (Reviewed April 24, 2006) (Publishers Weekly, vol 253, issue 17, p34)
  • The adventures of several Cuban immigrant women in America are affectionately depicted in this colorful debut from a Cuban-born journalist and former TV scriptwriter.Its central protagonist is Graciela Altamira, beautiful young mother of two sons, who is separated from her schoolteacher husband Ernesto and working in a doll factory in Union City, N.J. Graciela tells her own story, juxtaposed with the narrations of her fellow townswomen (from the nondescript village of Palmagria) and coworkers, hot-tempered Imperio and her kinder, gentler counterpart, Caridad. Their drab lives are enriched by their shared obsession with the Spanish-language telenovelas whose feverish romanticism cunningly exploits viewers' hopeful anticipation of the moment in each series "when the first kiss between our favorite new couple would take place." But television dramas are no match for Graciela's passionate history, as the unlikely second spouse of a passive widower, the lover of Palmagria's predominant young stud (Pepe) and—in a twist none of the women has foreseen—the chosen beloved of their very definitely un-Latino shop foreman Barry O'Reilly, meaning (they realize with horror) that "Graciela was going to be our supervisor." A lot of this is quite entertaining, but the gradually assembled picture of the Castro revolution's devastating effect on close-knit Cuban families is overdone, and Santiago finds himself still scrambling to layer in expository information more than halfway through. Nice characterizations throughout help, however, as do a handful of capably paced and detailed sequences (in the best of them, an extended flashback, Imperio takes her ailing husband Mario to a santer"a priest for a most unconventional cure). Santiago's novel pales in comparison with its presumable model, Mario Vargas Llosa's comic masterpiece Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter—but then what doesn't?No great novel, but could maybe make a nifty telenovela. (Kirkus Reviews, May 15, 2006)
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145725
Cataloging source
DLC
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1967-
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Santiago, Eduardo
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Soap operas
  • Cubans
  • Women immigrants
  • Factories
  • Television soap operas
  • Union City (N.J.)
Target audience
adult
Label
Tomorrow they will kiss : a novel, Eduardo Santiago
Link
http://www.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy0914/2005028483-d.html
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
000028610665
Dimensions
21 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
282, 14 p.
Isbn
9780316014120
Lccn
2005028483
System control number
(OCoLC)62085357
Label
Tomorrow they will kiss : a novel, Eduardo Santiago
Link
http://www.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy0914/2005028483-d.html
Publication
Control code
000028610665
Dimensions
21 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
282, 14 p.
Isbn
9780316014120
Lccn
2005028483
System control number
(OCoLC)62085357

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