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Author: Nina Marie Martinez
ISBN 13: 9780385721523
ISBN 10: 385721528
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Anchor
Publication Date: 2005-09-13
Format: Paperback
Pages: 384
List Price: $13.95

Natalie and Consuelo are like-minded individuals who live in Lava Landing, CA. When they aren’t working at The Big Cheese Plant, they get all dolled up for the racetrack, or go for at a tequila float at The Big Five Four. They urgently need to get Consuelo’s father out of Purgatory: he won’t stop turning up in women’s dreams until they do. But that means a trip to Mexico, and Consuelo still hasn’t gotten over her fear of long car rides . . . .

Inspired by La Loter’a, a Mexican game of chance not unlike bingo, the novel is a joyous story of mamacitas and mariachis, fiestas and tupperware parties, rodeos and Miss Magma beauty contests. In Caramba! the American experience emerges in a brilliant new language and landscape, both touching and dazzlingly fresh.

The Washington Post - Carmela Ciuraru

íCaramba! is so endlessly inventive and full of such oddball humor that it remains compelling throughout.