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Woman Hollering Creek

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  7,534 Ratings  ·  369 Reviews
A collection of short stories which bring to life the sounds and smells of Mexico. From a young girl revealing secrets only an eleven-year-old can know, to a witch woman circling above the village on a pre-dawn flight, the women in these stories offer tales of pure discovery.
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Published February 1st 2011 by Not Avail (first published 1991)
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Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 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.
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
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".
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
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
Wendy Perkins
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
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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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