The House on Mango Street is a 1984 novel by Sandra Cisneros about a girl named Esperanza Cordero growing up in Chicago with other Latino immigrants. The book is comprised of short poetic vignettes that sketch a portrait of her coming of age as a young woman and her desire to leave her life on Mango Street that she finds so suffocating. The novel deals with themes of hope, desire and disappointment as well as issues of gender roles and identity.

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