When Tito Loved Clara

When Tito Loved Clara

A Novel

Book - 2011
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Through brains and determination, librarian Clara Lugo 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.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2011
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781565129498
1565129490
Branch Call Number: FICTION Mic
Characteristics: 338 pages ; 22 cm

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Clara has left her past far behind - she has gotten an education, a husband, a family. But an old boyfriend shows up and threatens her carefully created new life.


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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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