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The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
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A series of vignettes, all told in first person, which follows Esperanza and her family and friends on Mango Street for one year. Esperanza is on the verge of puberty and has found she sometimes appreciates boys' attention by the end of the book, but also that she garners unwanted attention from grown men.

This novella touches on racism, poverty, and sexism. What is interesting is that it focuses on a Mexican family in 1960s America Midwest, an area and era that is not explored much in Mexican-American literature. Also intriguing are the varying lengths of the vignettes, some less than a page long. This makes it a very unconventional piece of writing. Also, being in first person, there could be a concern that the voice is too mature or too childish, but Cisneros has captured the balance well, as a woman looking back and sometimes borrowing the voice of her youth.

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