When Tito Loved Clara

When Tito Loved Clara

Title:When Tito Loved Clara
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781565129498
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:352 pages

Clara Lugo grew up in a home that would have rattled the most grounded of children. Through brains and determination, she 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. Something has impeded his passage into adulthood. His mother calls him an Unfinished Man. He still carries a torch for Clara; and she harbors a secret from their past. Their reacquaintance sets in motion an unraveling of both of their lives and reveals what the cost of assimilation—or the absence of it—has meant for each of them.

This immensely entertaining novel—filled with wit and compassion—marks the debut of a fine writer.


    When Tito Loved Clara Reviews

  • Heather Colacurcio

    This is a novel that I found to be quite middle-of-the-road. What happens when you suddenly lose the love of your youth, only to find them again later in life? Can two lives that strayed from one anot...

  • Chrisiant

    This was an okay book. I started out caring about the characters, but as the book continued I cared less and less. The more I learned, the shallower they seemed to me, even though the backstories were...

  • Lynne Perednia

    Some novels are built to read at break-neck speed, to rush through page after page, to be gobbled up without pausing to chew well. When Tito Loved Clara, the first novel by The New Yorker librarian Jo...

  • Zach

    I hesitate to say too much about my admiration for Jon Michaud's debut novel, When Tito Loved Clara, because Jon and I are friends and former co-workers, and anything I write will either be biased bec...

  • nicole

    Librarians, Newark, New Jersey -- three things I love dearly, in one one told by multiple narrators. Really, there's not much more I can ask for in one of those stories that yawns wide and swallows yo...

  • Cynthia

    An easy read and interesting story, but I felt that the writing lacked finesse. It felt like a draft of what would be a good novel with some more work. The use of language is inelegant, and the author...

  • Karen

    I thought this book was well-written and heart-felt, and very earnest. The characters were interesting and complex, and I admired the author's attempt to delve into complicated issues around identity ...

  • Naomi

    This book was hot and cold to me..there were moments that it flowed really well and the story kept my interest and times when it didn't. All in all it was a pretty good book and I liked it enough that...

  • Iris

    Disappointing. I found the dialogue of the “ghetto” characters to be inauthentic and cringeworthy, and the relationship between Claro and Tito was unremarkable. The coincidences and the ending wer...

  • Sally Whitney

    When Tito Loved Clara, Jon Michaud’s debut novel, could have been called A Tale of Two Towns. Most of the story is split between the community of Inwood in northern Manhattan and Millwood, a fiction...