The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

Cisneros, Sandra. The House on Mango Street. New York: Vintage Contemporaries, 1984. Print. 

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1985, Before Columbus Foundation’s American Book Award


This celebrated coming-of-age novel tells the story of a Latina girl, Esperanza Cordero, living in Chicago and experiencing the highs and lows of finding one self.


“We didn’t always live on Mango Street. Before that we lived on Loomis on the third floor, and before that we lived on Keeler. Before Keeler it was Paulina, and before that I can’t remember. But what I remember most is moving a lot”(p.3).

Do you know what it is like to move so often and then to settle in nothing more but a poor community? The house on Mango Street is not ideal for Esperanza. She sees this street and its people as sad, unfortunate, and trapped. She dreams of so much more beyond this world. To her, Mango Street embodies everything that is wrong. Will Esperanza be able to escape or is The House on Mango Street her fate?