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Tomorrow They Will Kiss: A Novel

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  159 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Written with buoyant humor and a sharp sense of human desire, this is the story of love pursued at any cost, of how friendship and history unite people for better or worse, and of the hope for that redemptive kiss capable of reconciling estranged lovers and countries.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published July 3rd 2006 by Back Bay Books (first published July 1st 2006)
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Aug 20, 2008 Anne rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anybody!
Recommended to Anne by: Judith
I loved the women in this book! All three of the main characters, supposedly friends, are totally crazy, easy to love nonetheless, and outrageous almost to the point of slapstick in their backstabbing ways with one another. The story is about Graciela, from the point of view of the other characters, whose actual knowledge about their fellow refugee is based in gossip and just plain lies they tell themselves and one another about her! And watching them in the process of creating the lies is often ...more
Cheryl Klein
Like the heroines of the telenovelas they love, the characters in this book (three women from the same gossipy village in Cuba, now working in a New Jersey doll factory) are painted with somewhat broad strokes, but they're each more complex than the others think. And, also like novelas, their stories are pretty addictive. Santiago has created a great, classic diva in Graciela, a bad girl with a heart of gold. And when her bitchy "friends" relentlessly try to take her down for such transgressions ...more
Jessica Kolodziej
This book read like a latin version of The Help, well sort of. Imperio, Graciela and Claridad are the women whose stories we learn. Their lives are complex in their home country of Casto's Cuba and that much more in the monotony of their new life in Union City, New Jersey. Familiar themes are present: the drunk husband, the single mother, the vixen, livin poor and workin poor ( doll factory ). These stories are like many stories I've heard from my mother and the life of an immigrant. Stories of ...more
Sammy Sutton
Eduardo Santiago includes a quote in the front matter of his novel, one I find so moving I gasp just thinking about it. In fact, as I open the book to read the quote I find traces of my own lipstick on the page. I swear I didn't kiss it.

The Cubans can be characterized individually by sympathy and
intelligence, as group by yelling and passion. Every one of them carries
The spark of genius, and geniuses do not mingle well. Consequently,
reuniting Cubans is easy-uniting them impossible.
-Luis Agu
Arlene Sanders
EDUARDO SANTIAGO, in my opinion, eventually will win the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished fiction by an American author, and he may be the next writer of Cuban descent to do so.

TOMORROW THEY WILL KISS is right up there with other Pulitzer
winners. Santiago is young, and he has talent and dedication. And so it is, I believe, only a matter of time.

Graciela, Caridad and Imperio -- Cuban women in exile -- work in a doll factory in New Jersey. Santiago segues back to Cuba throughout the novel, so we
Eduardo Santiago brought a different perspective on life in Cuba (prerevolutionary as well as during the regime's power). He artfully told the story by giving each of the three main characters a voice in their own chapters. Graciela, Imperiod, and Caridad were strong Cuban women each with their cross to bear. They provided insight into the lifestyles of Cuban women and how that contrasted with the lifes of American women at that time. The author took the characters from one revolution (Cuba) int ...more
This was a wonderfully well written peek into the minds of three Cuban immigrant women making a new life in 1960s America. Graciela, Imperio, and Caridad all come from the same small town in Cuba and work at the same doll factory in New Jersey, where they assemble dolls they can't afford to buy and discuss the latest telenovelas on the way to and from work. Eduardo Santiago really did a great job giving each woman an individual voice of her own in the story and the result is a funny, heartwarmin ...more
Susan Henn
1/2013 This story explores the lives of Cuban immigrants to the U.S. after Fidel Castro came to power. The author creatively exposes the emotions, thoughts, and actions of these immigrants through the eyes of three women, all from the same small town in Cuba. The experiences vary significantly for these women and their other Cuban friends, especially between holding on to the past versus moving forward in a new life. The characters are well developed and came to life in the story.
Dennis Henn
The story narrated from three vantage points, ladies who fled Cuba when Castro came to power. They settled in New Jersey and found work together in a toy factory. The multiple narration effectively showed the way the immigration experience affected those who came here, what they lost and how they managed.
Pleasantly surprised.
I loved that the book had three different narrators.
I was surprised at how little I actually put the book down. Most books that I pick up on a whim I never finish.
Palmina Briggs
Jul 24, 2007 Palmina Briggs rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Very easy and fast read. Five women's perspective on life in Cuba pre and post revolution. Eduardo Santiago also possesses the same talent as Tolstoy in capturing women's awareness.
A cute read were I actually saw people around me in life. Las chismosas,
las comadres, la puta, la loca, la pobrecita, las hermanas. Taken away from their home land. Loved it.
Jul 31, 2007 Melina rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Latinos living in diaspora

I liked this book because it gives a Cuban perpective on what occured during the revolution and it shows why Cubans will always love their homeland
I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this one. I was impressed with the way the author unfolded the story and used 3 different viewpoints.
Great book about Cuba and the transition to America. Friendships, secrets and love.
Michael Anson
People may think this book is solely for women, because the main characters are all women of Cuban descent. But I loved Eduardo Santiago's deft, sure hand in the way he draws impeccable characterizations of the life of women in exile, doing menial work. Nevertheless they have big dreams and big personalities to match.
Maya Nasr
I loved the interactions between the women. As someone who understands the effect of being far from home, the book was very realistic in portraying the relationships because they were not perfect and always positive but they were solid and supportive. Graciela is unforgettable.
Nina Truslow
This book was worth it to me because I learned a little about cuban culture and the experiences of cuban immigrants; however, it was one that I will soon forget. I was not invested in the characters at all, and found at the end of the book that I hadn't learned much about any of them. The author chooses to tell the story of the main character, Graciela, mostly through the sensationalist, judgmental ravings of two other women, Caridad and Imperio, whose voices were indistinguishable. This was fru ...more
George Snyder
A sweet and funny and touching story of how we make new lives and come to terms with old ones.
This was a fun read. I liked how they told the stories from each gals perspective.
I grew up in a Miami suburb in the late 50's and early 60's. Initially, in my junior high school there were just a few very wealthy Cuban students whose parents were Batista supporters. They were able to leave the country with sufficient resources to settle in a very affluent area. By the time I graduated from high school the handful of Cuban students multiplied many fold and their families were from a more diverse socio-economic sector.

My history made me eager to read Santiago's book and to und
This book was very interesting, and delved into the cultural and political changes that happened in the 60s, but from the perspective of Cuban women living in New Jersey after fleeing Cuba. It's a really interesting, but also rather sad book, but shows a world that I had never experienced, and asked a lot of questions for me to think about. I liked it!
Jul 11, 2009 Lori rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lori by: $1 shelf at bookstore
Shelves: 2009july
For a $1 find, this wasn't bad. But it wasn't great, either.

Told from the perspective of Cuban women who moved to the U.S. in the '60s, it had a lot of potential. But, unfortunately, it didn't do much with it.
Amy Milan
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Eduardo Santiago was born in Cuba and grew up in Los Angeles and Miami. He holds a BFA from the California Institute of the Arts and an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University.

He is a two-time PEN Emerging Voices Fellow (2004 and 2010). His first novel Tomorrow They Will Kiss (Little Brown and Co.), took Best Historical Novel and Best First Book honors at the International Latino Book A
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“Some of the girls in the factory say that I have ice water in my veins. That I don't have feelings. That there's a calculator where my heart ought to be. A calculator! I shit on them. Por Dios! I consider myself practical, sensible, and realistic. That's the way I am, and if you don't like it, don't come around. Don't come crying to me.” 2 likes
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