Houston: Arte Publico Press, 1988. 2nd Edition, Revised. Octavo, publisher's illustrated stiff paper wraps.
"I knew then I had to have a house. A real house. One I could point to. But this isn't it. The house on Mango Street isn't it." Early edition of bestselling bildungsroman by famed feminist Chicana author Sandra Cisneros. Written in a series of vignettes, the story follows one year in the life of 12 year-old Esperanza Cordero and the difficulties she faces as a young woman in the Hispanic section of Chicago. Cisneros has stated she drew inspiration from her own early experience when writing the novel, which interweaves themes of gender, race, class, and sexuality. Her second book, the novel has since become a staple of young adult fiction and Chicana studies, and has been translated into twenty languages since first published in 1984. Item #2025