Caramba!: a tale told in turns of the card

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Knopf, 2004 - Fiction - 359 pages
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Welcome to Lava Landing, population 27,454, a town just this side of Mexico, where Miss Magma reigns and rockabilly and mariachi music are king. Enter our protagonists, Natalie and Consuelo, self-described "like-minded individuals." They spend their days at The Big Cheese Plant and their nights at The Big Five-Four, the hottest spot in town. But they have long-term projects, foremost among them to cure Consuelo of her unreasonable fear of public transportation and long car rides so they can finally take Natalie's 1963 Cadillac convertible on the road trip it deserves . . .

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Review: Caramba!: A Tale Told in Turns of the Card

User Review  - Julie - Goodreads

This is the first book I have been able to get really into in awhile. The story is enchantingly original and the characters, although flawed, were very likable. It is a charming book, and one that I ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lori Law - Goodreads

I read this ten years ago and it remains to this day one of my all-time favorite novels, and what prompted me to write my own. I love the quirkiness of the characters, the bit of underlying magical ... Read full review


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Nina Marie Martínez was born in San José, California to a first generation Mexican-American father, and an American mother of Germanic descent. A high school dropout, she holds a Bachelors degree in literature from the University of California at Santa Cruz. In addition to writing novels, she is also a vintage clothes enthusiast and dealer and an avid baseball fan. She currently resides in Northern California where she is at work on her second novel.

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