Title Profile & Character Information

The House on Mango Street

Annotation

The best-selling coming-of-age classic, acclaimed by critics, beloved by readers of all ages, taught in schools and universities alike, and translated around the world.
The House on Mango Street is the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero, a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become. Told in a series of vignettes--sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous--Sandra Cisneros' masterpiece is a classic story of childhood and self-discovery. 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