The House on Mango Street (1984) by Sandra Cisneros


Critical Assessment "I opened the book and started to read. Suddenly, Cisneros' narrator, Esperanza, jumped out from somewhere between the pages, grabbed me tight, shook me hard, and wouldn't let go. I read the whole book in two hours and had to read it again. And then again. Even when I finally put the book back on my shelf, I just couldn't get that voice out of my head. . . . "Cisneros' writing is poetry, and her characters speak a kind of poetic dialogue that I haven't heard since Shakespeare moved out of the hood. In speaking of poetry, Georgia Heard [...]