Tomorrow They Will Kiss

Tomorrow They Will Kiss

by Eduardo Santiago
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Tomorrow They Will Kiss by Eduardo Santiago

Written with buoyant humor and a sharp sense of human desire, this is the story of love pursued at any cost, of how friendship and history unite people for better or worse, and of the hope for that redemptive kiss capable of reconciling estranged lovers and countries.

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ISBN-13: 9780316076708
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 06/27/2009
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

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Tomorrow They Will Kiss 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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EDUARDO SANTIAGO, in my opinion, eventually will win the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished fiction by an American author, and he may be the next writer of Cuban descent to do so. Graciela, Caridad, and Imperio--Cuban women in exile--work in a doll factory in New Jersey. Santiago segues back to Cuba throughout the novel, so we can see the life they left during the Cuban Revolution and understand what they¿re up against in the U.S. Graciela deals with her frustrations just like American women do--by losing herself in TV soap operas. Graciela's coping skills, in Cuba, were superb. When she decided to marry the scholarly and recently widowed Ernesto de la Cruz, she wasted no time: 'It's sort of like a shotgun wedding,' Imperio said, 'except in this case it's the bride who is holding the shotgun.' Then we learn that: Ernesto didn't make a lot of money, and Graciela wanted things. But things were scarce and the black market was expensive. So she set herself up as a manicurist and was very successful at it, because she rendered the best Cuban half-moons in town. The Cuban half-moon was a pearly- colored crescent painted with precision exactly where the nail met the cuticle. Graciela was masterful at it, an artist. When she did our nails it looked as if all our fingers were smiling. But few were smiling inside Castro's Cuba. Imperio tells us: There were those who were desperate to leave the country, those who hated the people who were leaving the country, and the rest of us, who were caught in the middle. People like me were frozen with fear and indecision. We were not the sort of people who dreamed of a life in other parts of the country, let alone the world. We were born in Palmagria and, in spite of its problems and defects, we expected to die there, be buried there, and spend the rest of eternity there. That's the way it had always been. Occasionally someone ventured out, driven by some strange desire that no one could understand. But for the most part, we stayed. It was easier for the wealthy to get out, they had always kept one foot in Cuba and another abroad. . . . For the very poor, there was no decision to be made at all. Very few had the education or even the mentality to consider going to another country and learning another language. They could could barely get along where they were born. Besides, the new administration was all about them. There were slogans on walls now offering them a brighter future. . . . You couldn't leave the house without running into some sort of demonstration. Banners and flags appeared everywhere. Uniformed men and women became so common that after a while we hardly took notice of them. They walked around rigidly, their faces set hard with responsibility. They always saluted us as we walked by. They demanded respect. They were not friendly people, these rebel soldiers. They didn't smile, they didn't dance it was as if, suddenly, they had stopped being Cubans. As if something hard and harsh had invaded their souls. Tomorrow They Will Kiss is a great read, and I can almost guarantee you will love it. In this novel you will find not only yourself, but also your parents, your cousins, and the friends you grew up with. One of the things I admire about this writer is his ability to make people from an entirely different culture 'from mine' seem just like people I have always known. And ladies, you are in for a treat, because this is a novel by that rarity in the male-dominated world of great literature: a male writer who truly understands women and appreciates us, in spite of the faults--if any--we may hav
Guest More than 1 year ago
Juicy. Spicy. Sweet. Dramatic. I highly recommend it.
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The three women grew up in Palamagria, Cuba, but by 1967 they live in New Jersey. Everyday they ride the bus together to work at a Union City toy factory. Graciela is a single mother of two separated from her spouse she dreams of true love just like she sees at night on telenovelas. Her mates egotistical Caridad and acerbic Imperio tell Graciela that telenovelas are fantasies and what she once had in Cuba with the town hunk is long gone even as they hide the fact that they share her dream of the telenovelas coming true for them.----------------- However, to everyone¿s amazement, the factory foreman, Mr. Barry O'Reilly seems to desire Graciela as he always looks at her and makes excuses to see her. Her bitter bus mates cannot believe the worst nightmare since Castro is about to happen to them. Graciela apparently will become Mrs. O¿Reilly, which in capitalist America and communist Cuba denotes she is their boss.------------- This is a terrific timely with the immigration issue historical look at three Cuban expatriates struggling to survive in an alien land. Much of the tale is related by Graciela though the audience also obtains some first person accounts from her two amigas and other doll factory workers. The working conditions will stun readers while the additional insight into new Cuban-American community that located in the northeast provides a humorous at times poignant but also somewhat slow paced character study.-------------- Harriet Klausner