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The magisterial final novel from Oscar Hijuelos, acclaimed author of The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love.

Twain & Stanley Enter Paradise follows famed nineteenth-century journalist-explorer Henry Stanley, his wife, the painter Dorothy Tennant, and Stanley’s long friendship with Mark Twain, as they venture to Cuba in search of Stanley’s father. Told through a fictitious manuscript and imagined correspondence between Stanley, Tennant, and Twain, Hijuelos captures not only the general style of educated nineteenth century, but manages to pull off the seemingly impossible task of channeling Mark Twain himself. The manuscript—in the works for decades—was found by Hijuelos’ widow after his death.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[An] ambitious, fascinating, and richly detailed work that, like the author, is in a class by itself.”

    Gay Talese, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Stylistically adventurous…will make illuminating reading for Hijuelos fans.”

    USA Today

  • “An exciting and moving blend of letters, narrative, and imagined memoir…Hijuelos gives a delightful glimpse into the relationship of two of history’s most fascinating subjects.”

    Vanity Fair

  • Twain & Stanley Enter Paradise delivers as an erudite vaudeville of turn-of-the-century superstars.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Hijuelos spins a great tale, rich with details…There’s just a kind of gorgeous magic to the disparate but parallel lives he is charting.”


  • “An engrossing commentary on friendship, fame, and fate.”


  • “[A] vividly imagined and detailed epic…How lucky we are to have this rich novel.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Told through a combination of formats, including straight narrative, letters, memoir, and diary entries—all invented, and convincingly so…By observing them at many moments of vulnerability, readers gain insights into their makeup…It’s an extraordinary feat of imaginative historical re-creation.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “The main voices [are] ably performed by the ensemble of narrators. Henry Leyva captures the charming and tragic elder Clemens, and—more remarkably—James Langton, the bull-headed and searching Stanley. The vividly rendered Tennant—read by Polly Lee—matches both for energy and passion. Robert Petkoff ably covers the narration and other major characters. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • Twain & Stanley Enter Paradise is a marvelous blend of research and the imagination, resurrecting two fascinating contemporaries…and lending a bygone era the shimmer of here and now.”

    Marie Arana, award-winning author of American Chica

  • “Like his earlier books, this one is distinguished by vitality so intense as to give the reader a charge just picking up the book.”

    Craig Nova, award-winning author of The Good Son

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for November 2015
  • A Boston Globe Pick for Fall 2015
  • An Entertainment Weekly Pick of Blockbuster Novels
  • A Men’s Journal Pick of 7 Best Books of November 2015
  • One of Newsday’s Books Not to Miss
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