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When Tito Loved Clara by Jon Michaud. Algonquin Books at Chapel Hill. 352 pages. $23.95. When Tito Loved Clara? When did Tito NOT love Clara? This novel, written by the head librarian at The New Yorker magazine, has all the earmarks of that prestigious publication: wit, clarity, perspicacity and graceful prose. It belongs in that rare category, “can’t put it down.” Both of the main characters have known each other since they were children in the Dominican Republic, and now both live in the United States. Both are bright, relatively ambitious naturalized citizens whose paths accidentally cross in New York. It’s the first time they’ve seen each other since they graduated from high school in upper Manhattan. Clara’s diploma came with a generous college scholarship. Tito stayed on with his first employer, the owner of a fleet of moving vans. Tito spent his high school years lifting furniture into and out of trucks on weekends and school nights. He’s

moved up the in company and now has added responsibility – he canvasses the city and suburbs to sell the services to clients who are moving from one apartment to another. He also ventures into New Jersey to sign up former city dwellers who have left the crowded boroughs for the dream

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