By Sandra Cisneros
From the writer of The residence on Mango Street, a richly illustrated compilation of real tales and nonfiction items that, taken jointly, shape a jigsaw autobiography—an intimate album of a liked literary legend.
From the Chicago neighborhoods the place she grew up and set her groundbreaking The condo on Mango Street to her domicile in Mexico in a zone the place “my ancestors lived for centuries,” the areas Sandra Cisneros has lived have supplied idea for her now-classic works of fiction and poetry. yet a home of her personal, the place she may well actually take root, has eluded her. With this collection—spanning 3 a long time, and together with never-before-published work—Cisneros has come domestic ultimately.
Ranging from the non-public (her parents’ loving and tempestuous marriage) to the political (a rallying cry for one woman’s liberty in Sarajevo) to the literary (a tribute to Marguerite Duras), and written together with her trademark lyricism, those signature items bear in mind transformative stories in addition to exhibit her defining creative and highbrow affects. Poignant, sincere, deeply relocating, this is often an exuberant party of a existence in writing lived to the fullest.
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