In The Fourteen Sisters of Emilio Montez O'Brien Oscar Hijuelos brings to life the rambunctious Montez O'Brien family In a small Pennsylvania town Nelson O'Brien runs the Jewel Box Movie Theater raising 14 daughters and a son with his wife Mariela Montez Through the eyes of Margarita the eldest daughter the lives loves and tragedies of the Montez O'Briens and their complex family relationships unfold While reflecting on the life of Emilio her doggedly masculine brother Margarita also ruminates on the nature of femininity family sex love and earthly happiness Her musings recall exhilarating adventures eliciting tears and laughter and tenderly reveal the bounteous heart of a warm passionate family At once lush erotic and gorgeously written The Fourteen Sisters of Emilio Montez O'Brien is a masterwork by one of America's greatest writers


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    I originally read Oscar Hijuelos' The Fourteen Sisters of Emilio Montez O'Brien when it first came out I was in twelfth grade and enjoyed reading books about Hispanic culture at the time The Montez O'Brien family was the type of family I was captivated by a melting pot of Cuban Irish and Spanish cultures Combining the different ethnicities was Hijuelos' tale about fourteen sisters with distinct personalities all in one family The story looks back on the last hundred years of their family's history in an epic saga Containing the magical realism that I adore although not quite at Allende's level the Montez O'Brien's story was a fun read and one I would not mind revisiting