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Add This - Caramba!

Written by Nina Marie MartinezAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Nina Marie Martinez

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor
  • On Sale: September 13, 2005
  • Price: $13.95
  • ISBN: 978-0-385-72152-3 (0-385-72152-8)
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.
about this book

Natalie and Consuelo are like-minded individuals who live in Lava Landing, CA. When they aren’t working at The Big Cheese Plant, they get all dolled up for the racetrack, or go for at a tequila float at The Big Five Four. They urgently need to get Consuelo’s father out of Purgatory: he won’t stop turning up in women’s dreams until they do. But that means a trip to Mexico, and Consuelo still hasn’t gotten over her fear of long car rides . . . .

Inspired by La Lotería, a Mexican game of chance not unlike bingo, the novel is a joyous story of mamacitas and mariachis, fiestas and tupperware parties, rodeos and Miss Magma beauty contests. In ¡Caramba! the American experience emerges in a brilliant new language and landscape, both touching and dazzlingly fresh.

“Endlessly inventive . . . very funny. Martinez’s deadpan perspective on faith, romance and the uneasy bonds of family is truly wonderful.” —The Washington Post Book World

“An absurdly entertaining first novel . . . . With a born-again mariachi and his witchcraft practicing mother, a vixen recently jailed for her involvement in moving tamales stuffed with mala hierba, a beautician who’s part mamacita, part papacito, and a volcano that could blow at any moment, Caramba! is a dizzying Mexican hat dance . . . . ” —Los Angeles Times

“A triumph of whimsy and imagination—Monty Python meets 100 Years of Solitude” —San Francisco Chronicle