Title Profile & Character Information

The House on Mango Street

Annotation
Acclaimed by critics, beloved by readers of all ages, taught everywhere from inner-city grade schools to universities across the country, and translated all over the world,The House on Mango Streetis the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero. Told in a series of vignettes – sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous – it is the story of a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become. Few other books in our time have touched so many readers.

Awards
1985  American Book Award

Characters
NameCordero, Esperanza
GenderFemale
TraitsHispanic
Married

GenreDomestic
Coming of age
Classic
Fiction
TopicsHispanics
Family relationships
Neighbors
Childhood friendship
Teenage girls
Marriage
Personal growth
Identity
Self-discovery
Cultural conflict
SettingChicago, Illinois
Illinois
Urban