Monday, January 10, 2011

Best of the Year Challenge 1984


"The House on Mango Street"  by Sandra Cisneros

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Esperanza's family has lived in 3 different places that she can remember before the House on Mango Street. For every time her mother has another child the family needs a larger living space and they move.

Although, her parents dream of winning the lottery & buying the house of their dreams, they will never realize their dream.

The book is made up of 46 intertwined short stories about life in the House on Mango Street: we meet Esperanza's family, neighbors & neighbors' families/relatives. She describes life in a typical Chicago Latino Barrio/neighborhood.

The stories are well written and maintain a true to life voice. I am happy to have the opportunity to re-read this book.

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