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La celebre autora de La casa en Mango Street, nos ofrece una nueva y extraordinaria novela narrada en un lenguaje de una originalidad arro-lladora: es la historia de varias generaciones de una familia mexicoamericana cuyas voces crean un des-lumbrante y vivo tapiz de humor y de pasion, hecho con la esencia misma de la vida.
La abuela de Lala Reyes es descendiente de una familia de afamados reboceros. El rebozo de rayas color caramelo es el mas bello de todos y aquel que llega a pertenecer a Lala, al igual que la historia familiar que este representa. La novela comienza con el viaje anual en automovil de los Reyes una caravana desbordante de ninos, risas y pleitos desde Chicago hasta el -otro lado-: la Ciudad de Mexico. Es aqui que Lala cada ano escucha lashistorias de su familia y trata de separar la verdad de las -mentiras sanas- que han resonado de una generacion a otra. Viajamos desde la Ciudad de Mexico, que era el -Paris del Nuevo Mundo- a las calles llenas de musica de Chicago en los albores de los locos anos veinte y, finalmente, a la dificil adolescencia de Lala en la tierra no tan exactamente prometida de San Antonio, Texas.
Carameloes una historia sabia, vital y romantica, sobre el lugar de origen, algunas veces real, algu-nas veces imaginado. Vivida, graciosa, intima e historica, es una obra brillante destinada a convertirse en un clasico: una nueva novela de gran importancia de una de las escritoras mas queridas de nuestro pais.
About the Author
Sandra Cisneros was born in Chicago in 1954. Internationally acclaimed for her poetry and fiction, she has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Lannan Literary Award and the American Book Award, and of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the MacArthur Foundation. Cisneros is the author of The House on Mango Street, Woman Hollering Creek, Loose Woman, and My Wicked Ways. She lives in the Southwest.
Born and raised in Mexico City, Liliana Valenzuela is an adopted Chicana. She's received awards for her poetry from the University of California, Irvine, and from the Austin Poetry Society. Valenzuela is the author of CODEX OF JOURNEYS: BENDITO CAMINO (Mouthfeel Press, 2013), and the acclaimed translator of works by Sandra Cisneros, Julia Alvarez, Denise Chavez, Alex Espinoza and many others.
"All the energy of a riotous family fiesta. . . . Cisneros is undeniably at her peak.” –The Washington Post
"A glorious book, Caramelo is crowded with the souvenirs and memories of the dramas of everyday life…like an oversized family album, intimate as well as universal."—The Philadelphia Inquirer
"A joyful, fizzy American novel. . . Soulful, sophisticated and skeptical, full of great one-liners, it is one of those novels that blithely leap across the border between literary and popular fiction.” –New York Times Book Review
"Like Eduardo Galeano, John Dos Passos and John Steinbeck, Cisneros writes along the borders where the novel and social history intersect. In this lovingly told and poetic novel, she uses the storytelling art to give the voiceless ones a voice, and to find the border to the past, imbuing the struggles of her family and her countries with the richness of myth.” –Los Angeles Times
“A wonderful book . . . evoking life’s absurdity and possibility, tragedy and transcendence. . . . Combines the thematic richness of the most ambitious literature with the delight in character and plot of the most engrossing page-turner.” –Chicago Sun-Times
“Cisneros is a writer for all people. This is a novel of families, home life and finding yourself in the world’s greater landscape.” –USA Today
“A sprawling, exuberant hopscotch through a century of family history. . . . Cisneros seduces us with her knitted tales, great and small, and her message is all the more powerful for its shimmering clarity.” –Time Out New York
“Cisneros has a great eye for detail, a good ear for dialogue and a marvelous sense of humor. . . Caramelo is a tour de force–rich in its use of language, breathtaking in scope.” –St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“Lovingly, passionately woven from dust and glory. . . A sweeping family history that somehow manages to interlace not just the Reyeses -- those conjurers, enticers and troublemakers -- but also all the rest of us, the good and bad together, the bitter and, of course, the sweet.” –Miami Herald
“Sprawling, spirited. . . Vibrant and big-hearted.” –Elle
“Cisneros’s exuberant prose tickles the senses. . . A warm and generous story to wrap yourself up in.” –St. Petersburg Times
“A sweet gift from the universe, a reminder of the ancient, deep, noble, and sad sources of the human heart. . . sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes transcendent.” –San Antonio Express
“Cisneros is a virtuoso. . . [Caramelo] is rich in character and action, people and passions.” –Houston Chronicle
“Remarkable. . . . Caramelo is a book to read slowly and savor and if you can find a listener, to read out loud.” –Santa Fe New Mexican
“Cisneros is such an imaginative storyteller. . . Caramelo engages in a kind of playfulness that is utterly bewitching.” –Entertainment Weekly
“Spellbinding. . . A richly satisfying novel.” –People
“There should be a brand-new language to describe the ways in which [Cisneros] has imbued the ancient art of story-telling with her trademark organization, characterization, evocation of time and place, portrayal of a particular culture, and visionary wisdom. . .You must read this book for yourself, two or three times.” –The Women’s Review of Books
“Cisneros is a wonderful cultural translator, writing English dialogue so saturated with Mexican-Spanish idioms and constructions that you feel like you’ve been magically empowered to eavesdrop in another language.” –The Oregonian