Sandra Cisneros looms large over the landscape of Latina writers. Since her debut The House on Mango Street, Cisneros has written poetry and vibrant short stories that explore the modern Latina experience. She uses a combination of Spanish and English in her writing that brings to life the hybrid world inhabited by many Hispanic-Americans today. To explore Cisneros' cuentos check out these titles, and others, available at the Milwaukee Public Library.
"Tell me a story, even if it's a lie." Celaya "Lala" Reyes shares the story of the Reyes clan over three generations in this sweeping novel set in Mexico and Chicago. Funny and poignant, Caramelo examines the experience of living "here" and "there" as Lala and her family travel across the Mexican border and back. Cisneros weaves together narratives from the past and present (some true, some not) to create a vibrant account of a family's history. Caramelo is rich with historical detail and is a definite treat for both old and new Cisneros fans.
Woman Hollering Creek is a must read for short story fans. Cisneros' vivid and surprising stories showcase Cisneros' talent with language, reminding us that she is a poet as well as a storyteller. "My Friend Lucy Who Smells Like Corn" and "Woman Hollering Creek" are standouts of the collection.
Submitted by Kristina @ MPL Central