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Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories

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A collection of stories, whose characters give voice to the vibrant and varied life on both sides of the Mexican border. The women in these stories offer tales of pure discovery, filled with moments of infinite and intimate wisdom.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published March 3rd 1992 by Vintage (first published 1991)
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Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories contains 22 short stories about the female experience, from one paged drabbles, like "My Lucy Friend Who Smells Like Corn," to short stories that are so long they could be considered novellas, like "Eyes of Zapata."

This collection is less than 200 pages yet packs more of a punch than 500 paged novels I've read. Sandra Cisneros is extremely readable an accessible. I read that her goal was that anyone could pick up her books and understand them, and I believ
Feb 11, 2012 Jen rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
I expected to like this more. I really enjoyed her poetry collection "My Wicked Wicked Ways." I recommend people check it out. However, this collection of short stories were bland to me. Can Cisneros write beautifully? Yes, she can. But these stories are don't have much plot driving them. Some of them are simply vignettes. The collection's literary value comes from the variety of Chicana experience it includes. There are many different women here. However, a man is central to almost all of them ...more
This is my favourite fact about Sandra Cisneros: she bought a house in San Antonio, Texas and painted it purple, which caused uproar in the neighbourhood.

When I grow up, I want to be Sandra Cisneros. I want to be a great writer; paint my house an obnoxious colour; and court other people's hatred.


This collection of short stories is, like many collections of short stories, a bit of a mixed bag. Most of the stories revolve around poor Latina women, touching upon themes of romance, religion a
Oct 11, 2007 E rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So many stories in this book are absolute art. There are perhaps two or three tales that did not grip me, but otherwise I have read all the others at least five times over the years. Cisneros truly found her voice here - poetic, hypnotic, erotic storytelling with multi-cultural and feminist undertones. I truly envy her gift in this collection.
Missy Kennedy
Jun 29, 2015 Missy Kennedy rated it it was amazing
This collection of stories is my new bible. Long live Sandra Cisneros!
It is apropos that I should read this collection now, what with all the racism being dredged up by Trump and his like-minded ilk, that we need a reminder once in a while that Americans of Mexican descent, as well as later immigrants and even the less legal ones, are a deeply entwined, and large, part of the fabric that holds this country together. And no one that I can think of is better at providing glimpses into that world than Sandra Cisneros. Wow, what a delightful group of stories we have h ...more
Sebastián Zubia
Cisneros pone el listón muy alto. Escribe como se debe, con dinamismo, belleza e inteligencia. Lleva al lector por dónde quiere, lo mima con una prosa elaborada, en la cual se suceden constantemente frases geniales, situaciones que emocionan, entristecen o liberan carcajadas. Y lo hace de una manera que cualquier lector puede acercarse a ellas. Sus cuentos son igual de válidos para el lector experimentado como para el adolescente que recién empieza a leer. Pero también para el más conservador qu ...more
Nov 28, 2010 Harley rated it it was amazing
I have this out of the library. I think she's amazing -- you can smell and taste her stories. Lots are about childhood, many are very short, just sketches really.

Update: I'll call this read, because I had to take it back -- overdue after a renewal. I had saved one long story for last, so I think I'll just go to the library and read it there. Such interesting characters, lots of them bi-cultural back and forth between the US and Mexico. The title story is a good example. A young hispanic woman f
Feb 10, 2012 Raymondb rated it did not like it
Sandra Cisneros Woman Hollering Creek is about a young girl named Cleofilas who just recently got married to a man named Juan Pedro. The story itself was very confusing at first but as I began to read it, you meet a girl who is trying to live the life of a soap opera but seems to be stuck in what people would consider reality. As a reader you first come across this when Juan Pedro strikes Cleofilas for the first time, when he hits her she expected to run off crying like they do in the shows but ...more
Wendy Perkins
Jul 24, 2009 Wendy Perkins rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-sf
I wish I liked this since so many people I respect sing its praises. Instead of being drawn into Cisneros's voice or themes, I found the execution of the stories to be largely frustrating. Cisneros likes to use lists in her stories, lists of sounds, lists of items for sale at the grocery, lists of things that remind her of a child's ear, etc. For me, this got old very quickly, and became a huge distraction from whatever the story was. I wanted to like her insight into Mexican-American culture. I ...more
Ann Douglas
Written by an author with a powerful and distinct voice (she frequently lapses into snippets of Spanish), the book makes for a challenging read. But it's worth persisting, if only for the short story "Eleven" (which features a feisty eleven-year-old narrator) and the inspiring call for more real-to-life women in pop culture: "I want them to be women who make things happen, not women who things happen to....Real women. The ones I've loved all my life...>The ones I've known everywhere except on ...more
Nicholas Sangiacomo
Jan 05, 2016 Nicholas Sangiacomo rated it really liked it
Sandra Cisneros just writes so beautifully. And that she weaves Spanish into her subtle, elegant prose makes her both distinct and a joy to read. She's poetic without trying, conversational without sounding clumsy. Her characters are real, too; she is not afraid to write about flawed people.

I myself am not huge on short story collections. It seems that it's just a marker of the genre that collections will be uneven, and this one is. A few stories seem long and redundant, particularly considering
Mar 17, 2016 Brooke rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.

I have this dream where one day I anthologize all my favorite short stories. A couple of stories from this collection would make that anthology easily. Especially the title story which I adored.

What Sandra Cisneros does best is give voice to women so often silenced. And those voices are strong and brave and flawed and human. She also does not shy away from using Mexican slang with no translation which I really appreciated. So many of the cultural things she discusses weren't something
Jan 30, 2015 Chaneli rated it really liked it
4.5. I love this collection so much! I can't wait to re-read it in the future. I love all the stories of these complex women and their various experiences in life. It was beautiful and I love the mixture of Spanish and English. Just so so lovely, emotional, and i'm happy this collection exists.
Aug 24, 2016 Nikhil rated it really liked it
I always enjoy the way Sandra Cisneros writes. Unsurprisingly, the good stories in this collection are really good. Standout stories include: Barbie-Q, Woman Hollering Creek, Eyes of Zapata, Little Miracles Kept Promises, and Bien Pretty. It's worth noting that all of the stories I liked are among the longer stories in her collection.

I enjoy the way Cisneros seamlessly moves between Spanish and English, between Christian and Native imagery. This still remains uncommon as a writing style, but is
Mister Misfortune
A collection of vignettes; some stories extremely short, akin to Cisneros' previous and most popular work, A House on Mango Street. The Spanglish used might put some people off (especially those who do not speak Spanish) and therefore readers might not understand exactly what Cisneros is trying to get across. But those who care enough will receive the brutality, the passionately honest, no expense spared focus on strong Mexican-American people. Cisneros has definitely put herself into a lot of t ...more
Apr 13, 2014 Maria rated it really liked it
Sandra Cisneros is like a female, gritty, and Latina version of Mark Twain. Their similarities are in the childlike, though they may be adults, narrators that reveal mature truths. The language is down to earth, the situations simple but what happens to the characters in their humble lives is tragic to them and tragic to us if we're sensitive enough to appreciate it.
I read this book in Spanish to practice my fluidity with the language. I think it was the language that makes the stories shine wi
Aug 11, 2016 Carrie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I REALLY enjoyed "The House on Mango Street" as well as the short story "Eleven." So I was understandably excited to read "Woman Hollering Creek." And I'm torn. Many of the stories were HARD! I had to think... HARD! And I don't like to think that hard when I read. :( (How lame is that statement, though?!?) And many of the stories felt repetitive - woman falls in love with/marries man, man is an a-hole, man cheats, woman is miserable. But some of the stories were enjoyable. But I only found a cou ...more
Tattered Cover Book Store
This book was recomended by novelist and book editor Jenny Shank as part of the Rocky Mountain Land Library's "A Reading List For the President Elect: A Western Primer for the Next Administration."
Feb 18, 2015 Jon rated it really liked it
Well written and often moving, this is an excellent short story collection by Sandra Cisneros, a Hispanic author and poet. All of the stories feature female Hispanic characters from both sides of the border and many of the stories have a distinct feminist slant to them. The title story, "Woman Hollering Creek", in particular, offers a classic tale of a woman trying to escape a violent relationship. However, this isn't a depressing one note novel. There is a variety of tones and styles and some o ...more
I loved this. There was not a single story I didn't get hooked by. I especially loved the ones with the barbies, and the historical ones. I think I need more books by her in my life.
Izetta Autumn
Jun 25, 2007 Izetta Autumn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: shortstory
Cisneros was one of my first introductions to language used in this lyrical way. I fell in love with Cisneros, particarly "BBQ" and "Ten," from her House on Mango Street.
Tom Brennan
I very much enjoyed this short story anthology. Cisneros has a way with words, and her narration adds a lot to the proceedings. Love, passion and fidelity or lack thereof is a major theme in the stories - particularly in the longer ones (Never Marry A Mexican, Eyes of Zapata, Bien Pretty), where the (long) suffering woman is being two (and sometimes even three) timed by her lover. As similar as the situations are, to Cisneros' credit their individual narrators and the tales they tell are quite d ...more
Potsie81 (Mary) Will
May 08, 2008 Potsie81 (Mary) Will rated it it was amazing
I read this collection of short stories during my women in literature class in college. Each story offers an amazing tale. Every woman (and man) should read this.
Aug 21, 2015 Amanda rated it liked it
i liked a few stories in this book. Her writing is superb as usual but most of the stories I just thought they were ok.
Feb 06, 2015 Kelsey rated it did not like it
A very depressing, ill-written book of short stories that mostly revolve around female oppression in Latin culture. Here's how I feel- if you're going to write in Spanish, use correct Spanish grammar. If you're going to write in English, use correct English grammar. Or at least have your editor correct it, because anyone who is fluent in English should feel dumber for reading such poor grammar, and anyone who is practicing English as a second language could learn some very unfortunate speaking h ...more
Feb 03, 2015 Nadia rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite work from Cisneros!!
As with many collections, there are some stories here that I loved, but some that were just okay. The title story was wonderful. I loved the vivid pictures she painted in that and many of the stories. I lived in Texas for 16 years with many of those years being in San Antonio so I appreciated many of the references. I had to smile when in the final story she waxed poetic about grackles. Grackles can be noisy and annoying, but they are also beautiful in their own way and cannot be ignored. She ca ...more
Paloma *Corrado's Bellissima*
Oct 25, 2015 Paloma *Corrado's Bellissima* rated it really liked it
Shelves: hispanic-latina
This was amazing
Katie Stewart
It is not often that I give one star reviews, but I did not like this book. I have nothing against the author or anything like that, I simply did not like it. I think it was more that I was not able to understand it as it was meant to be. I couldn't relate to the characters. I couldn't get in to the mindset of the characters even though I was reading their thoughts. I couldn't emphasize with the characters through similar experiences because I haven't really experienced anything like the women i ...more
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Sandra Cisneros was born in Chicago in 1954. Internationally acclaimed for her poetry and fiction, she has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Lannan Literary Award and the American Book Award, and of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the MacArthur Foundation. Cisneros is the author of two novels The House on Mango Street and Caramelo; a collection of short ...more
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