|Pages/Publication Date:||496 / 2016|
Fascinated by the 37-year friendship between Mark Twain and legendary explorer Sir Henry Morton Stanley, the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love crafted this—his final novel—as an affectionate homage to these larger than life figures. Blending correspondence, memoir, and imagination, Oscar Hijuelos follows Twain and Stanley from their early days as journalists in the American West, through a mysterious journey to Cuba to search for Stanley's adoptive father.
"What a miracle that [Hijuelos] has given us this last novel—which is a fine and wonderful novel, and surely among the best books Oscar ever wrote."—Paul Auster