Oscar HijuelosOscar Jerome Hijuelos (August 24, 1951 – October 12, 2013) was an American novelist.
Of Cuban descent, during a year-long convalescence from a childhood illness spent in a Connecticut hospital he lost his knowledge of Spanish, his parents' native language. He was educated in New York City, and wrote short stories and advertising copy.
For his second novel, adapted for the movie ''The Mambo Kings'', he became the first Hispanic to win a Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Provided by Wikipedia