Caramelo

ISBN-10: 1400041503

ISBN-13: 9781400041503

Edition: 2002

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Description: 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 Lala’s 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 family’s 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 Lala’s 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 country’s most beloved storytellers.

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Book details

List price: $24.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/10/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 464
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

Sandra Cisneros was born to a Mexican father and a Mexican American mother in Chicago in 1954. Cisneros has worked as a college recruiter, an arts administrator, a teacher to high school dropouts, and a poet. She has also visited numerous colleges around the country as a visiting writer. Cisneros was awarded the Before Columbus American Book award for her collection of stories entitled The House on Mango Street, and is also the author of My Wicked Wicked Ways, a volume of poetry. Cisneros currently resides in San Antonio, Texas.

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