Saturday, May 5, 2012


Eduardo Santiago includes a quote in the front matter of his novel, one I find so moving I gasp just thinking about it. In fact, as I open the book to read the quote I find traces of my own lipstick on the page. I swear I didn't kiss it.

            The Cubans can be characterized individually by sympathy and
            intelligence, as group by yelling and passion. Every one of them carries
            The spark of genius, and geniuses do not mingle well. Consequently,
            reuniting Cubans is easy-uniting them impossible.
-Luis Aguilar Leon

Tomorrow They Will Kiss, through three very real female characters, substantiates even defines Mr. Leon's powerful observation.

The lives of the three women are set in 1960's New Jersey, where the immigrant women work in a toy factory. Their personalities both compliment and clash with one another. Their voices and choices are often both vicious and hilarious as they struggle to adapt and create new lives. The differences seem to fade into a self definition through their shared infatuation with the lives of television soap opera characters.

Eduardo expertly intertwines a fascinating look into Cuban history. He provides the reader with a rare interesting look into pre-Castro and post-Castro Cuba. I have long harbored a fascination with Cuban history and the dynamics surrounding it. Eduardo's depiction is by far the most enjoyable. His approach is honest, and raw, beautifully written by a fabulous author whom conveys a refreshing humbleness.

We will soon welcome another novel by Eduardo Santiago. Over the next few days, watch this blog for a sneak peak into the dynamics of his new novel, The Weight Of My Shadow.