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In celebration of the tenth anniversary of its initial publication, and with a new introduction by the author, here is Sandra Cisnero's greatly admired and bestselling novel of a young girl growing up in the Latino section of Chicago.
The daughter of a Mexican father and a Mexican-American mother, Cisneros has six brothers. She has worked as a teacher to high school dropouts, a poet in schools, a college recruiter, and an arts administrator. Her first novel, THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET, is a perennial seller and a basic text in multicultural literature courses.
"Cisneros draws on her rich [Latino] heritage, creat[ing] unforgettable characters we want to lift off the page. She is not only a gifted writer, but an absolutely essential one."
From the Publisher
For Esperanza, a young girl growing up in the Hispanic quarter of Chicago, life is an endless landscape of concrete and run-down tenements, and she tries to rise above the hopelessness.