Caramelo, Or, Puro Cuento: A Novel
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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Review: CarameloUser Review - Pedro Rodriguez - Goodreads
Sandra Cisneros' Caramelo makes me wonder so many things with its unique writing style and makes me sleep for some random reason. In my opinion this book is complex to read because of my lack of ... Read full review
Review: CarameloUser Review - Kristen Lemaster - Goodreads
I would love to study this novel in a literature course someday because it's filled with insightful ideas about traditional storytellers (cuentistas) versus Mexican mitoteros and why fiction and lies ... Read full review