Author: Sandra Cisneros
MLA Citation: Cisneros, Sandra. The House on Mango Street. New York: Vintage Books, 1984. Print.
Awards/Honors: Before Columbus Foundation American Book Award
Annotation: A series of short vignettes that tells the story of Esperanza’s life as a Latina girl in the Latino section of Chicago.
Booktalk: “The house on Mango Street is ours, and we don’t have to pay rent to anybody, or share the yard with the people downstairs, or be careful not to make too much noise, and their isn’t a landlord banging on the ceiling with a broom. But even so, it’s not the house we’d thought we’d get.”
Through a series of vingettes, we learn about Esperanza – her friend Cathy who will only be her friend until Tuesday, her Mama with her hair that looks like candy circles and smells like bread, her job matching negatives to their photos where she had to lie about her age, and so much more.
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