The House on Mango Street


by Sandra Cisneros

First published in 1984, The House on Mango Street, a bold and unforgettable coming-of-age story by a little-known young writer named Sandra Cisneros, was instantly recognized as a seminal work in the blossoming field of Chicana literature.

Cisneros’s novel about a young girl named Esperanza Cordero and her rejection of the low expectations the world has for her while simultaneously negotiating two disparate cultures–Mexican and American–rang true for millions of readers and writers. Indeed, Cisneros’s fresh style and subject matter inspired and instructed a new generation of writers, Chicano and non-Chicano alike.

Twenty-five years later, Cisneros’s novel is a venerated American classic acclaimed by critics, beloved by readers young and old, taught everywhere from inner-city grade schools to universities across the United States, and translated all over the world. This edition celebrates the 25th anniversary of The House on Mango Street.

Paperback | 110 pages | Vintage | 1991

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