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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Fiction - 400 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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El Big Cheese 1
HI Mago de Michoacan i
Ln Buen Susto i
Natalies Trajectory i
The Plan I
u I a bells Shopping List i
La Pura Neta
Lulabells Twelfth Annual Dinner for Ranch Hands and
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That Talk
More Paper Dulls of LulabcHs Regional Costumes
Betos List of Pros and Gins Aeerca de La Lulabell
Qui? rid a Claudia
Hit inns

TrueDees Letter to Querida Claudia
Where the Lava Landed II

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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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