Sandra Cisneros: Bridging Borders, Mexican-American (1954). By Maria Dintino

A house on Mango Street. Sounds exotic, doesn’t it? Turns out the house and street are not so exotic, but the story’s poetic form and intimated possibilities are. I begin with The House on Mango Street because you’ve probably read it, or at least heard of it. It’s an enduringly popular coming-of-age book, written by Sandra Cisneros and published in 1984. This story of Esperanza, a chain of vignettes, a lengthy poem that sings a familiar song, tells a universal, timeless story. This seemingly simple, but sophisticated little book captivates those from middle school to college. Innocence challenged in...

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