Cisneros, Sandra. Carmelo, a novel.

Author:Theiss, Nola
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

Random House, Vintage. 439p. c2002. 0-679-74258-1. $13.95. SA

This novel tells the story of Carmelo's life as a child of Mexican parents, growing up in Chicago and Texas, but steeped in the ancient culture of her family. Her childhood summers are spent in Mexico City when her entire family would make the long trip from Chicago in a caravan of cars to Awful Grandmother's house on Destiny Street. Her life becomes a blend of Mexican and American culture, simmered in the often boiling emotions of family love and spiced with her own personality and growing pains. The experience of being a child of immigrants, with...

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