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Publisher Comments:

The celebrated author of The House on Mango Street gives us an extraordinary new novel, told in language of blazing originality: a multigenerational story of a Mexican-American family whose voices create a dazzling weave of humor, passion, and poignancy-the very stuff of life.

Lala Reyes grandmother is descended from a family of renowned rebozo, or shawl, makers. The striped caramelo rebozo is the most beautiful of all, and the one that makes its way, like the family history it has come to represent, into Lalas possession. The novel opens with the Reyes annual car trip-a caravan overflowing with children, laughter, and quarrels-from Chicago to “the other side”: Mexico City. It is there, each year, that Lala hears her familys stories, separating the truth from the “healthy lies” that have ricocheted from one generation to the next. We travel from the Mexico City that was the “Paris of the New World” to the music-filled streets of Chicago at the dawn of the Roaring Twenties-and, finally, to Lalas own difficult adolescence in the not-quite-promised land of San Antonio, Texas.

Caramelo is a romantic tale of homelands, sometimes real, sometimes imagined. Vivid, funny, intimate, historical, it is a brilliant work destined to become a classic: a major new novel from one of our countrys most beloved storytellers.

Review:

"It's a crazy, funny and remarkable folk-saga of Mexican migrants told by a curious little girl who has the wisdom of an old grandma. Beginning on Highway 66, it's a salsified variant on the Joad family's odyssey, zigzagging from Chicago to Mexico City and back. It's all about la vida, the life of 'honorable labor.' It's a beautiful tale of all migrants caught between here and there. And it's a real lalapalooza!" Studs Terkel, author of Will the Circle be Unbroken

Review:

"This book is a crowded train, a never-stop round-trip train going and coming back and going again between Mexico and the USA, across the frontiers of land and time: full of voices, full of music, made from memory, making life." Eduardo Galeano, author of Upside Down: A Primer for the Looking-Glass World

Review:

"Writers tell secrets, and in so doing, reaffirm the truths of our lives, the strength of love, the marvel of endurance, and the power of generations. In Caramelo, Sandra Cisneros sings to my blood. Her words are sweet and filling, not sugar-driven but as substantial as meat on the bone. Hers is the kind of family I know well — people who love and hate with their whole souls, who struggle and make over with every generation. She has done them justice on the page; she has given them to us whole." Dorothy Allison, author of Bastard Out of Carolina

About the Author

Sandra Cisneros was born in Chicago in 1954. Internationally acclaimed for her poetry and fiction, she has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Lannan Literary Award and the American Book Award, and of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the MacArthur Foundation. Cisneros is the author of

numerous books, including a children’s book, Hairs/Pelitos. She lives in the Southwest.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679435549
Author:
Cisneros, Sandra
Publisher:
Random House
Location:
New York, N.Y.
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Girls
Subject:
Mexico
Subject:
Chicago
Subject:
Grandmothers
Subject:
Grandparent and child
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Mexican American families
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
107-300
Publication Date:
September 2002
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
443 p.
Dimensions:
9.59x6.63x1.45 in. 1.70 lbs.

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Product details 443 p. pages Alfred A. Knopf - English 9780679435549 Reviews:
"Review" by , "It's a crazy, funny and remarkable folk-saga of Mexican migrants told by a curious little girl who has the wisdom of an old grandma. Beginning on Highway 66, it's a salsified variant on the Joad family's odyssey, zigzagging from Chicago to Mexico City and back. It's all about la vida, the life of 'honorable labor.' It's a beautiful tale of all migrants caught between here and there. And it's a real lalapalooza!"
"Review" by , "This book is a crowded train, a never-stop round-trip train going and coming back and going again between Mexico and the USA, across the frontiers of land and time: full of voices, full of music, made from memory, making life."
"Review" by , "Writers tell secrets, and in so doing, reaffirm the truths of our lives, the strength of love, the marvel of endurance, and the power of generations. In Caramelo, Sandra Cisneros sings to my blood. Her words are sweet and filling, not sugar-driven but as substantial as meat on the bone. Hers is the kind of family I know well — people who love and hate with their whole souls, who struggle and make over with every generation. She has done them justice on the page; she has given them to us whole."
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