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Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  8,087 ratings  ·  400 reviews
These stories, breathtaking in their precision and filled with unending moments of infinite and intimate wisdom, depict the variety of life around the Mexican border while bringing us to an awareness of the commonality of our fears, desires and dreams. From the award-winning author of The House on Mango Street.
Hardcover, 165 pages
Published April 3rd 1991 by Random House (first published 1991)
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Brina
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Last year I read Sandra Cisneros' House on Mango Street and felt an affinity toward her as I discovered that she grew up on the northwest side of Chicago and attended the University of Iowa Writers Workshop. Mostly an autobiographical account, Mango Street detailed the coming of age of a Mexican American girl in Chicago. Since debuting with her novella, Cisneros paved the way for a generation of Latin American women who I refer to fondly as las amigas. After moving to San Antonio, Cisneros rose ...more
Nicola
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 a
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Jen
Feb 11, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
E
Oct 05, 2007 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.
Chaneli
Jun 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Missy Kennedy
May 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This collection of stories is my new bible. Long live Sandra Cisneros!
Sidik Fofana
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
SIX WORD REVIEW: My students would love "My Tocaya".
Michael Perez
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sandra Cisneros writes in the voice of my mother, my grandmother, my aunts, my sisters, and my friends. I experience every word as if I'm a child overhearing the adults' kitchen table conversations. I am intimately familiar with the sights and smells of her settings and the joys and frustrations of her characters. These stories didn't leave me with a feeling of nostalgia, but with that feeling of having shared life-shaping experiences with your best friend.
Cynda
I recently read Cisneros' The House on Mango Street, published 1984. That was her first book. This book Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories published 1991, shows Cisneros developing her voice. Only one section/collection of micro-stories, "Little Miracles, Kept Promises" has a hint of ungenuity. And only a hint. This a writer who has arrived.

I saw Cisneros speak at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi in early 1995, after Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories and before Caramelo. She was alre
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Brooke
Mar 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Wendy
Jul 23, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Marcos
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this short story collection to be witty, bittersweet, and devastating all at once. Fusing poetry and prose that makes one laugh, and cry at the same time, I find that Cisneros' collection outdoes her more famous masterpiece, The House on Mango Street. Here the voices of women on the Texas/Mexican border are all too real, full of pain, sorrow and a lot of love and hate to spare. The best stories include the title story, and the hilariously funny and sad Never Marry a Mexican. Provocative, ...more
Bookish
Mar 19, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-short-story
I feel somewhat conflicted with this collection. The quality of the writing, the tone, the technicality of it merits a high rating but I got fed up with the underlying theme pretty fast and it is on this basis that my final rating lies. The stories, for the most part, are about women who to their detriment have absolutely centered their lives around men. I want to know more about these women's characters, their motivations, their drive, their struggles, their journey ... but instead of getting a ...more
Alix
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reading-list, women, 2018
"I put my bloody panties inside my t-shirt and ran home hugging myself. I thought about a lot of things on the way home. I thought about all the world and how suddenly I became a part of history and wondered if everyone on the street, the sewing machine lady and the panadería saleswomen and the woman with two kids sitting on the bus bench didn’t all know. Did I look any dierent? Could they tell? We were all the same somehow, laughing behind our hands, waiting the way all women wait, and when we ...more
Jessica
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
I'm cheating here because we only read three stories, but her writing is addictive and I loved each piece. A simplistic writing style, yet such powerful stories with equally meaningful messages. I might revisit this one later to read some more from it when I have the time and the will...
janet
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
- In language, setting, and people getting together and parting there is so much beautiful border crossing - bien suffering and liberating. Truly, amar es vivir which includes human love and love for creating stories and art. The story that sing will remain with me.
Donna
Apr 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book name is Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories talk about many different stories about the author.
This book have many stories. Stories are simple and usual but it contain a lot of profound truth. It shows me some things that only mature woman think about. It talks about many love.
I think this book doesn’t fit me, but it’s a really good book.
Katarina
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully written. Poetry and realism come together to relay stories of Latinos and their community.
Raymondb
Feb 10, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Harley
Oct 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Diana Richtman
Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sandra Cisneros is a powerful, beautiful writer. She is so impactful that I used her name for my Starbucks order the other night (and that is one of the highest places of honor I can give anyone).

This book is clearly a feminist one, a call to change the way we think of women and men in our lives, and it is so neatly done.

There were moments in her stories where I had to sit back and stop because her imagery is so natural, it shocks you. It's nothing you'd expected but placed perfectly at the ri
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Jim
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
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
Crystal
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
Kristin
Aug 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in conjunction with The House on Mango Street and recommend reading that book first. This book feels like it starts where the other leaves off with much more adult themes and as a result many more emotional facets. What struck me most was her descriptions of the scents of things. Reading this book was like eating a five course meal and I enjoyed every morsel. I appreciate the multilayers of the small stories and just being led wherever the author chose to take me. It's a wonderf ...more
Book Concierge
I love Cisneros's writing. This is clearly poetic in nature, and there is really no plot. But she paints a vivid picture. This is a series of essays, set in the US and in Mexico. Cisneros uses a lot of Spanish in these stories and most of my book club members (both book clubs) did not appreciate them very much. But I find her works immensely enjoyable.
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."
Amy
Jun 25, 2010 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
My Spanish teacher recommended I read something in Spanish. I went looking for Isabel Allende stories, saw this and decided that, for the same reasons Cisneros isn't as good a writer as Allende, she'll be easier to read. And I liked The House on Mango Street.
Potsie81 (Mary) Will
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.
Jane
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Despite being burnt out on short stories, I still thoroughly enjoyed reading this collection. Sandra Cisneros is one of the most beautiful writers I have ever read.
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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