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Lala Reyes’ grandmother is descended from a family of renowned rebozo, or shawl-makers. The striped (caramelo) is the most beautiful of all, and the one that makes its way, like the family history it has come to represent, into Lala’s possession. The novel opens with the Reyes’ annual car trip - a caravan overflowing with children, laughter, and quarrels - from Chicago to “the other side”, Mexico City. It is there, each year, that Lala hears her family’s stories, separating the truth from the “healthy lies” that have ricocheted from one generation to the next. We travel from the Mexico City that was the “Paris of the New World” to the music-filled streets of Chicago at the dawn of the Roaring Twenties - and finally, to Lala’s own difficult adolescence in the not-quite-promised land of San Antonio, Texas.

Caramelo is a vital, wise, 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 country’s most beloved storytellers.

©2002 AudioGO (P)2002 Blackstone Publishing

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Love, family, history, and fantasy, Caramelo

Love, family, history, and fantasy, Caramelo
Sandra Cisneros beautifully intertwines and at times unravels the love story, melodrama, and fantasy that the novel Caramelos. The story of the Reyes family told by the youngest daughter with help of her family’s spirits is a wonderful portrayal of love and the Mexican and Mexican-American experience.

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Obnoxious and Annoying

This is the absolute worst book I’ve ever heard on Audible. The story is completely aimless and impossible to follow, with a ridiculous translation. The narrator’s voice, inflection and overall presentation is the definition of “cringe”. It was painfully annoying and literally made my skin crawl. I always finish the books I begin, but I simply couldn’t bear another second of this horrendous narrative. I asked the members of my book club if it was worth attempting to finish and they all said NO. There’s nothing positive I can say about this book.

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