The House on Mango Street

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Author: Sandra Cisneros

Genre: Fiction

Page Count: 110

Publication Date: 1984

Summary: In short, separate vignettes, the author talks about growing up in a Latino neighborhood in Chicago in the 1960s and 70s. Each vignette is about everyday, ordinary events, but sometimes the events are more meaningful than the narrator lets on.

Recommended: I went back and forth on this one but I finally settled on yes.  The narrator is the author as she was growing up so sometimes she is not mature enough to truly understand what she is seeing in the neighborhood around her.  The writing is average but again, that’s because it’s the author as a young girl.

If You’re Offended: No problems here.

Noteworthy Excerpts: “She knows to say: He not here for when the landlord comes, No speak English if anybody else comes, and Holy smokes. I don’t know where she learned this, but I heard her say it one time and it surprised me.”       “When you leave you must understand to come back for the others. A circle, understand? You will always be Esperanza. You will always be Mango Street. You can’t erase what you know. You can’t forget who you are.”

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