When Tito Loved Clara

When Tito Loved Clara

A Novel

Book - 2011
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Clara Lugo grew up in a home that would have rattled the most grounded of children. Through brains and determination, she has long since slipped the bonds of her confining Dominican neighborhood in the northern reaches of Manhattan. Now she tries to live a settled professional life with her American husband and son in the suburbs of New Jersey--often thwarted by her constellation of relatives who don't understand her gringa ways.

Her mostly happy life is disrupted, however, when Tito, a former boyfriend from fifteen years earlier, reappears. Something has impeded his passage into adulthood. His mother calls him an Unfinished Man. He still carries a torch for Clara; and she harbors a secret from their past. Their reacquaintance sets in motion an unraveling of both of their lives and reveals what the cost of assimilation--or the absence of it--has meant for each of them.

This immensely entertaining novel--filled with wit and compassion--marks the debut of a fine writer.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781565129498
Branch Call Number: MICH
Characteristics: 338 p. ; 22 cm

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dianapoet Jan 27, 2013

Great novel. Here's a review by a librarian. http://bookedup.posterous.com/when-tito-loved-clara-jon-michaud

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Aug 05, 2011

I am not sure what made me like this book more the great writing or how similar my story is to the character, Clara...I think it's the latter. This story focused mainly on Clara, a immigrant from the Dominican Republic, who worked very diligently and overcame great odds to create the life she wanted for herself. While Clara was moving on, Tito, her mama's boy high school boyfriend, was marking time, missing Clara and dreaming of what could have been.

The book reminds me of how alike many immigrant families are in their need for family, preserving customs, and doing the best they know to do.

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