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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 Loter'a, 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.