Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Length: 110 pages
Audiobook Length: 2 hours and 18 minutes
First Published: 1984
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Told in a series of vignettes, The House on Mango Street shows snippets in the day-to-day life of Esperanza Cordero, a young Mexican-American girl living in poverty. With no central plot, the story hints at the characters, events, and settings around her as she struggles to find where she belongs in a world that doesn’t seem to want her. Short but powerful, The House on Mango Street conveys the reader right into Esperanza’s world, making it a great coming-of-age read.
Acclaimed by critics, beloved by readers of all ages, taught everywhere from inner-city grade schools to universities across the country, and translated all over the world, The House on Mango Street is the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero.
Told in a series of vignettes – sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous – it is the story of a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become. Few other books in our time have touched so many readers.
About Sandra Cisneros
Sandra Cisneros is an author whose works include The House on Mango Street and Caramelo. She is also the founder of the Macondo Foundation, an association of writers serving underserved communities. Cisneros currently lives in San Antonio, Texas. Visit the author’s website →