The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros is the 16th ’One Book, One Chicago‘ pick. The book, set in a Chicago neighborhood, tells the story of a Mexican-American teenager struggling to assimilate.
Cisneros, who now lives in San Antonio, grew up in Chicago (the Chicago Sun-Times article on the pick is headlined, “Chicago-born Author Fled City“) and has often been critical of the city, once saying, “If I’m an artist, it’s despite Chicago, not because of it.”
In describing the book, Chicago mayor Daley said, “It identifies any young girl growing up in Chicago. It doesn’t matter what race, ethnic origin; it can apply to anyone.”
Cisneros will appear at the Chicago Public Library on April 14th.
The House on Mango Street
- Paperback: $10.95; 144 pages
- Publisher: Vintage (April 3, 1991)
- ISBN-10: 0679734775
- ISBN-13: 978-0679734772