Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Oscar Hijuelos Dies at 62

Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Oscar Hijuelos is dead at the age of 62.

According to the New York Times, Hijuelos, the author of The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, collapsed on a tennis court in Manhattan on Saturday and never regained consciousness.

The Cuban-American author became the first Latino to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1989, taking home the honor for his acclaimed novel The Mambo Kings. The novel portrayed a different side of the American Dream, and focused on the life of two Cuban brothers whose band achieved a brief period of celebrity.

A native New Yorker, Hijuelos identified as "American-Cuban." The author is known for his portrayal of Latino characters, many of whom faced issues assimilating to American culture while still retaining their ethnic and national identity.

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Originally from El Paso, Texas, Cristina earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to BrooklynNew York. In her downtime, you can usually find her scouring the city for the most authentic Mexican food (still looking...), scaring herself silly watching horror movies, or baking her favorite sweets. You can follow her on Twitter at @c_arreola

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