Synopses & Reviews
As irresistible as gossip, as addictive as soap opera, TOMORROW THEY WILL KISS opens up to us the lives of three proud, resourceful women who are unduly buffeted by the winds of fate in their pursuit of happiness.
Like her native Cuba, Graciela Altamira is beautiful, defiant, passionate, and constantly threatened with some kind of trouble.
Day after day she works a conveyor belt in a New Jersey toy factory, assembling baby dolls and watching them roll away to be packaged and delivered into the loving arms of their new owners. And every night before she falls asleep Graciela prays for the same deliverance--to find the loving arms of a man who can help her forget the sins of her past and the haunting memory of her homeland.
But how can she forget when she lives among the ghosts of that little Cuban town? With Caridad and Imperio--two women Graciela has known since girlhood--by her side in the factory, it seems she'll never be free of her past, never able to pursue the chance at true love that she finds quite unexpectedly in the cold, New Jersey winter.
Written with buoyant humor and a sharp sense of human desire, TOMORROW THEY WILL KISS is a story of love pursued at any cost, of how friendship and history unite us for better or worse, and of the hope for that redemptive kiss capable of reconciling estranged lovers and countries.
Caridad on Graciela
"Scandal catches up to the Cuban migr community in America circa 1967 in this fresh, relevant first novel by TV writer Santiago. The story switches point of view among three women who grew up in Palamagria, Cuba, and now ride to work together every day at a Union City, N.J., toy factory. Single mother Graciela is a kind, insecure romantic hoping more than anything for the same true love that redeems the beleaguered women on the nightly telenovelas. Caridad, a vain gossip, and Imperio, bossy and sharp-tongued, share a lifelong indignation ('Imagnate!') over Graciela's nerve: in Cuba, marrying above her station and cheating on her desirable husband and in America learning English and catching the eye of the factory foreman, Mr. O'Reilly. So it's with barely contained envy and a comical penchant for over-justifying their bitterness that the two try to interfere in Graciela's attempts to better herself in America. Though the two antagonists can grate their vitriol against Graciela is constant the detailed immigrant community is vital and entertaining. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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.
A deliciously funny and surprising debut novel about three Cuban-born women struggling to create a life in America while fiercely guarding the scandalous secrets they share from the days leading up to Castro's rise.