Caramelo, Or, Puro Cuento: A Novel

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Alfred A. Knopf, Mar 10, 2003 - Fiction - 464 pages
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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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User Review  - Kaya - Goodreads

Cisneros' voice is second to none. No one has a storytelling voice like hers. Animated, humorous, honest, and vulnerable all at once, I can't help but to fall in love with her characters. This book is tied for my all-time favorite. It's brilliant-- simply brilliant. Read full review

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User Review  - Yosely Arteaga - Goodreads

This book teaches a valuable lesson about family and about life. It portrays the life of Ceyala, the narrator, who is telling a story through the use of mini collective stories. These stories give a main idea of one simple action causing positive/negative reactions towards life and family. Read full review

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\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 Foundation Literary Award and the American Book Award, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the MacArthur Foundation. Cisneros is the author of The House on Mango Street, Loose Woman, Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories, and a children's book, Hairs/Pelitos.

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