"Caramelo" is a book about the Reyes family, and Cisneros follows these colorful, strong characters across several generations and landscapes as the narrator--Lala Reyes--attempts to seperate fact from family folklore. As Lala searches for her place in the world, she finds herself turning to the past--her roots, her family--for inspiration and guidance. Lala's grandparents and parents are Mexican weavers, U.S. Soldiers, and nitty-gritty-Windy-City fu... The House on Mango Street (Biography)
The House on Mango Street covers a year in the life of Esperanza, a Chicana (Mexican-American girl), who is about twelve years old when the novel begins. During the year, she moves with her family into a house on Mango Street. The house is a huge improvement from the family's previous apartment, and it is the first home her parents actually own. However, the house is not what Esperanza has dreamed of, because it is run-down and small. The house is in the... The House on Mango Street (Literature)
A Chicana child tries to make sense of the world around her by observing the people and places in her neighborhood. Cisneros weaves poetry into her prose, turning the barrio into a land of possibilities....