January 20, 2011

About The Upcoming Novel: "The Weight Of My Shadow" by Eduardo Santiago

Learn here about Author Eduardo Santiago's upcoming new novel. Also, Read my in depth interview with this fabulous Author!

by Eduardo Santiago

            With this riveting new novel, Eduardo Santiago continues the tales of Cubans in exile in the U.S. that he began with his award winning novel, Tomorrow They Will Kiss (Little, Brown & Co. 2006)

            It’s 1973 and while the adults grapple with the fact that their once temporary exile from Castro’s Cuba looks to be permanent, their teenage children have to find their position in their new country.

            The Weight Of My Shadow focuses on thirteen-year old narrator, Jorge, and his curiosity about two neighboring brothers in their late teens, Fiery, sexy Alfonso, and shadowy, withdrawn Gerardo (Gerry). The (almost) physically identical siblings couldn’t be more different on the inside and are openly at war with each other as their chosen cultures clash - Alfonso is determined to respect his parents wishes and stick close to the conservative and traditional Cuban community, while Gerardo chooses explores America’s new subculture of cheap drugs, easy sex and rock and roll.  Jorge’s curiosity turns to obsession when Alfonso takes him into his confidence only to later thoughtlessly push him away. Gerry faces a decision that will not only change the course of his brother’s life, but that of Jorge’s as well.

            Miracles, tragedies and a unique form of Cuban humor abound in this coming of age story that challenges what it means to be brothers, friends and lovers, and the painful price boys of any culture too often pay for induction into adulthood.

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Sammy's Interview With Eduardo Santiago

Sammy's Review of Tomorrow They Will Kiss by Eduardo Santiago

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