Sister Act

TITLE: THE FOURTEEN SISTERS OF EMILIO MONTEZ O'BRIEN

AUTHOR: OSCAR HIJUELOS

PUBLISHER: FARRAR, STRAUS & GIROUX; 484 PAGES; $22

THE BOTTOM LINE: Elegantly written, but don't look for this male's-eye view of women on a feminist's bookshelf.

Oscar Hijuelos is a master when it comes to writing hard-muscled, virile novels. His second book, The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, a lusty tale of two Cuban immigrant brothers making their way as musicians in New York City during the 1950s, deservedly won the Pulitzer Prize three years ago, making him the first Latino novelist so honored. But this time out, Hijuelos...

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