The House on Mango Street

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Author: Sandra Cisneros

Title: The House on Mango Street

Genre: Latino/a, Hispanic, Best Sellers, Short Stories

Publication Date: 1994 (original publication date 1984)

Number of Pages: 134

Geographical Setting: A poor Latino neighborhood in Chicago

Time Period: Contemporary / early 1980’s

Plot Summary: A Mexican-American girl recalls the year she moved to Mango Street. A poignant coming-of-age story, 12-year-old Esperanza struggles to find a place in her community and in the world. Through a series of short vignettes, she recounts stories about people in her community and her family. As Esperanza begins to dream of living a life different than the one possible on Mango Street and of escaping the poverty and limitations of Mango Street, will she be able learn to accept herself and her heritage?

Subject Headings: City Life; Identity; Home; Friendship; Family relationships; Growing up — Chicago; Mexican-American girls — Chicago; Mexican-Americans; Chicago, Illinois; Coming-of-age stories; Short stories; Bildungsromans.

Appeal: poetic, literary, coming-of-age, evocative, poignant, quick read, urban, first-person, hopeful, intimate, strong sense of place, impressionistic, powerful imagery, accessible, short and vivid tales, episodic, precise prose, unforgettable characters, details of a young Latina growing up in a rundown Chicago neighborhood, Hispanic identity and culture, image-rich language.

Non-Fiction Works and Authors:

The Air Down Here: True Tales from a South Bronx Boyhood by Gil C. Alicea, with Carmine DeSena (collection of reminiscences, teen viewpoint, urban Hispanic neighborhood, optimistic viewpoint, details of inner-city life).

Chicken Soup for the Latino Soul: Celebrating La Comunidad Latina compiled by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Susan C. Sánchez (inspirational stories, details of Latina culture, details of Latina identity, details of Latino family life and community).

City of Dreams by Wilfredo Cruz (details of Latino immigration to Chicago, details of Mexican-American culture and neighborhoods in Chicago).

Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez (episodic, sisters move from Dominican Republic to New York City, challenges in adapting to American culture and reconciling cultures, family life, cultural expectations, adjustments to another culture).

How to Be a Chicana Role Model by Michele M. Serros (episodic, narrated by teen Chicana writer , cultural identity and expectations, female identity, finding one’s true identity, urban).

I Sailed with Magellan by Stuart Dybek (immigrant view point, dreams of a better life, coming of age, details of Chicago, poetic, realistic, interlocking stories).

Name: Amy

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