When Tito Loved Clara
By Jon Michaud
(Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Hardcover, 9781565129498, 352pp.)
Publication Date: March 2011
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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.