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When Tito Loved Clara

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Jon Michaud, the head librarian at The New Yorker, talks about his novel, When Tito Loved Clara. It’s about two people who grew up in the Dominican community in Inwood—Clara and Tito—who reconnect 15 years after their young love ended. Clara is struggling with assimilating into a new life in New Jersey, while Tito has never left the old neighborhood.

Guests:

Jon Michaud

Comments [2]

Amy from Manhattan

On the "older" ethnic groups in Inwood, soon after I moved to NYC, I was up in that neighborhood, where I didn't know my way around, & asked a man for directions. He told me, in an Irish accent, to go to "Santy Claus Avenue"! I was confused, & he explained it was actually called St. Nicholas Avenue (where the #1 train runs).

Several years later, a friend & I went to Inwood Hill Park for a picnic. We found an area where you couldn't even tell you were in a city. We even saw a pheasant! But it isn't actually old-growth forest. A park ranger once told me the trees were cut down during the Revolutionary War. However, it is the only park in Manhattan that isn't landscaped.

Apr. 21 2011 01:19 PM
john from office

I am dominican white.

How does the author deal with race among Dominicans. It is always an issue.

Apr. 21 2011 01:16 PM

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