Have You Seen Marie?

Have You Seen Marie?

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by Sandra Cisneros
     
 

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The internationally acclaimed author of The House on Mango Street gives us a deeply moving tale of loss, grief, and healing. The word "orphan" might not seem to apply to a fifty-three-year-old woman. Yet this is exactly how Sandra feels as she finds herself motherless, alone like "a glove left behind at the bus station." What just might save her

Overview

The internationally acclaimed author of The House on Mango Street gives us a deeply moving tale of loss, grief, and healing. The word "orphan" might not seem to apply to a fifty-three-year-old woman. Yet this is exactly how Sandra feels as she finds herself motherless, alone like "a glove left behind at the bus station." What just might save her is her search for someone else gone missing: Marie, the black-and-white cat of her friend, Roz, who ran off the day they arrived from Tacoma. As Sandra and Roz scour the streets of San Antonio, posting flyers and asking everywhere, "Have you seen Marie?" the pursuit of this one small creature takes on unexpected urgency and meaning.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“A real-life bedtime story for grownups.” 
The Seattle Times

“Cisneros captures the experience of grief with moving and visceral clarity. . . . Like the best bedtime stories, [Have You Seen Marie?] both honors the darkness around us and keeps the same darkness at bay." 
San Francisco Chronicle 

“[A] magical journey . . . . Cisneros has folded powerful themes into this seemingly simple fable:  onfronting and accepting the loss of a loved one, the importance of community, the presence of spirituality in our lives and the way that imagination and art can illuminate reality . . . . [Characters] come to life not only in Cisneros’ poetic nuggets of prose, but in Ester Hernández’s sweetly realistic color illustrations . . . . The book glows.”
The Miami Herald
 
“The narrative becomes a springboard for a moving exploration of loss.”
San Antonio Express-News
 
“Unique and uplifting . . . . Have You Seen Marie? does what every good picture book does by creating meaning through experience while being fun to read aloud . . . . Cisneros and Hernández invite the reader to visually enjoy the story, to listen to the music of the words, and have an experience without getting bogged down in self- help monotony.”
El Paso Times
 
“[Have You Seen Marie?] is at its heart a parable for adults, whose themes of death, mourning and loss take on new meaning when presented within a simple tale about a cat gone astray . . . . Full of picturesque illustrations of San Antonio and its colorful characters.”
—NBC Latino
 
“A fable for grieving grown- ups, and . . . medicine for hearts broken from loss.”
—CNN
 
“Cisneros’s gift of storytelling and Ester Hernández’s illustrations bring to life the story about death, grief, and the desire to move forward. This book is a wonderful gift to share with someone who is experiencing the pain of losing a loved one.”
—Modern Latina

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611209952
Publisher:
Dreamscape Media
Publication date:
08/31/2012
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"[Sandra Cisneros'] narration is tender and evocative as she meets neighbors who offer their support for her search efforts and who Cisneros realizes have experienced their own losses in life." - AudioFile Magazine
"...this warmhearted tale offers comfort to anyone coping with the loss of a loved one." - Kirkus Reviews

Meet the Author

Sandra Cisneros is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Lannan Literary Award and the American Book Award, and of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the MacArthur Foundation. Cisneros is the author of two novels, The House on Mango Street and Caramelo; a collection of short stories, Woman Hollering Creek; two books of poetry, My Wicked Ways and Loose Woman; and a children's book, Hairs/Pelitos. She lives in San Antonio, Texas.

READER BIO
Sandra Cisneros is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Lannan Literary Award and the American Book Award, and of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the MacArthur Foundation. Cisneros is the author of two novels, The House on Mango Street and Caramelo; a collection of short stories, Woman Hollering Creek; two books of poetry, My Wicked Ways and Loose Woman; and a children's book, Hairs/Pelitos. She lives in San Antonio, Texas.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
San Antonio, Texas
Date of Birth:
December 20, 1954
Place of Birth:
Chicago, Illinois
Education:
B.A., Loyola University, 1976; M.F.A., University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, 1978

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Have You Seen Marie? 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a book for all ages. If you've ever lost loved one, this book will mirror your feelings and then give insight into how you can come to terms with that loss and have hope. Simple, yet lovely illustrations. It's important to read the introduction and the author's afterward! Every time I read the book, something else pops out. It's whimsical, yet touching and moving.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really? 36 pages? There should be a warning.