In her acclaimed debut work, Cisneros tells the story of Esperanza Cordero, a young girl growing up in the Latino section of Chicago. Esperanza's thoughts and emotions are expressed in her fable-like poems and stories, which portray the alternating beauty and desolation of her life and its realities. Esperanza doesn't want to belong--not to her rundown neighborhood, and not to the low expectations the world has for her. Esperanza's story is that of a young girl coming into her power, and inventing for herself what she will become. Translated from the English by Elena Poniatowska.
"Mexican literary notable Poniatowska does a beautiful job of translating Cisneros's popular novel, a series of vignettes revolving around a Chicago Latino neighborhood. Poniatowska successfully captures Cisneros's poetic, sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant, descriptions, whether they be of an enchanting music box or the act of consoling a mourning parent after the death of a grandparent. In fact, there are times when the language and descriptions seem even more poetic in the Spanish translation."--Library Journal
Sandra Cisneros was born in Chicago in 1954. She has worked as a teacher to high school dropouts, a poet-in-the-schools, a college recruiter, and an arts administrator. Internationally acclaimed for her poetry and fiction, and the recipient of numerous awards, Cisneros is also the author of Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories, My Wicked Wicked Ways, and Loose Woman. The daughter of a Mexican father and a Mexican-American mother, and sister to six brothers, she is nobody's mother and nobody's wife. She lives in San Antonio, Texas, and is currently at work on a novel.