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 poignancyâ€”the very stuff of life.Lala Reyesâ€™ 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 Lalaâ€™s possession. The novel opens with the Reyesâ€™ annual car tripâ€”a caravan overflowing with children, laughter, and quarrelsâ€”from Chicago to â€śthe other sideâ€ť: Mexico City. It is there, each year, that Lala hears her familyâ€™s stories, separating the truth from the â€śhealthy liesâ€ť that have ricocheted from one generation to the next. We travel from the Mexico City that was the â€śParis of the New Worldâ€ť to the music-filled streets of Chicago at the dawn of the Roaring Twentiesâ€”and, finally, to Lalaâ€™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 countryâ€™s most beloved storytellers.
Literature & Fiction, Contemporary,