Caramba! by Nina Marie Martinez
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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 . . .

About Nina Marie Martinez

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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.
Published August 10, 2011 by Anchor. 384 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, History, Education & Reference, Romance. Fiction

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While the girls put their agile minds to Don Pancho’s problem, their friend and grade-school classmate Javier, a virginal, born-again musician, tries to reconcile his lust for the loose and lovely Lucha with his religious code, and Lulabelle, Javier’s mum, tries to decide whether to break her dec...

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Martínez draws on magical realism, kitschy humor and tongue-in-cheek clichés (e.g., "True-Dee was oh so nervous as she walked into the Bowling Alley Café"), but there's truth behind the zany humor.

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In this lighthearted homegirl epic set in the fictional California town of Lava Landing, the mamacitas wear mini-faldas, attend Tupperware parties, and cast spells.

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Paul Kafka-Gibbons San Diego Union-Tribune 2.5 of 5 Stars "Martinez is marvelously inventive, and someday, when she delves more deeply into the joy and pathos that grip noble people in ignoble straits, she will write an astounding book.

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