Caramba!

Front Cover
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Aug 10, 2011 - Fiction - 384 pages
3 Reviews
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 . . .
 

What people are saying - Write a review

Caramba!: a tale told in turns of the card

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

This manic first novel, about the wacky goings-on in small Lava Landing, CA, is written in the form of la loteria, a Mexican version of bingo. Each chapter represents a turn of the cards, in which ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Powells.com - Goodreads

Dreamy, spicy-salsa flavored, and pretty, too, this is a book that I enjoyed throughout. Recommended by Adrienne, Powells.com Read full review

Selected pages

Contents

CONSUELOS DILEMMA
OTHER FISH TO FRY
THE BIG FIVEFOUR
EL MARIACHI
LAS SERENATAS
LUCHAS DILEMMA
LULABELLS LEISURE
THE AGE OF ELEGANCE
LA PURA NETA
LA FERIA
MORNING
GIRL TALK II
LULABELLS TWELFTHANNUAL DINNER FOR RANCHHANDS AND DAY LABORERS
NO LO PUEDO BELIEVE
A SADNESS
THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD

WHERE THE LAVA LANDED
LUCHAS RELEASE
THE BIG CHEESE PLANT
Tabla 2
NEOTENY VS METAMORPHOSIS
A PRESENTTENSE ACCOUNT
THE HIGHEST BIDDER
NATALIES DREAM
LA PURA NETA
LAS SERENATAS II
TTIME
LULABELLS LONGING
EL BIG CHEESE
EL MAGO DE MICHOACÁN
DOIN BUSINESS
UN BUEN SUSTO
Tabla 3
GIRL TALK
LA CATRINA
THE DAY LULABELLAUCTIONED OFF HER SOUL
DON PANCHOS FLIGHTFROM PURGATORY
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SPELL
DON PANCHOS FIRST MIRACLE
THE PLAN
NATALIES DILEMMA
LA LARGA DISTANCIA
Tabla 4
A STRANGE ONE
Tabla 5
THAT TALK
THE BIG FIVEFOUR
LULABELLS SIXTEENGOLDEN RINGS
BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS
QUERIDA CLAUDIA
THE LORDS WORK
THE CANS
EL REENCUENTRO
TROUBLE IN PARADISEAND HOW IT HELPED LULABELLBECOME A DECENT WOMAN
CHARACTER
A PRESENTTENSE ACCOUNT
THE DRIVERS SEAT
Tabla 6
THE LAST DANCE
JAVIERS DREAM
ASAP
EL BIG CHEESE II
A PRESENTTENSE ACCOUNT
WHERE THE LAVA LANDED II
Authors Note
 
NINA MARIE MARTÍNEZ
Acclaim for Nina Marie Martínezs
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2011)

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.


From the Hardcover edition.

Bibliographic information