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The House on Mango Street

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The House on Mango Street

A coming-of-age classic about a young girl growing up in Chicago.

Acclaimed by critics, beloved by readers of all ages, taught in schools and universities alike, and translated around the world --- from the winner of the 2019 PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature.

THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET is one of the most cherished novels of the last 50 years. Readers from all walks of life have fallen for the voice of Esperanza Cordero, growing up in Chicago and inventing for herself who and what she will become. “In English my name means hope,” she says. “In Spanish it means too many letters. It means sadness, it means waiting."

Told in a series of vignettes --- sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes joyous --- Sandra Cisneros’ masterpiece is a classic story of childhood and self-discovery and one of the greatest neighborhood novels of all time. Like Sinclair Lewis’ MAIN STREET or Toni Morrison’s SULA, it makes a world through people and their voices, and it does so in language that is poetic and direct. This gorgeous coming-of-age novel is a celebration of the power of telling one’s story and of being proud of where you're from.

The House on Mango Street
by Sandra Cisneros

  • Publication Date: April 3, 1991
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Paperback: 110 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • ISBN-10: 0679734775
  • ISBN-13: 9780679734772