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Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories by Sandra Cisneros
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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.

Anyway.

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 and family. Inevitably, some of the stories are memorable; some are forgettable. Some feel insubstantial; some are overly long.

The great stories overshadow the mediocre ones, however. Cisneros has a talent for making the banal feel poignant, and she attacks life's inequalities with a gritty humour.

Three stars only because I can never get too excited about short stories. I do love Cisneros, though.
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Adrianna I'll have to re-read this collection. I remember enjoying The House on Mango Street more.


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