Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories

Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories

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by Sandra Cisneros

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A collection of stories, whose characters give voice to the vibrant and varied life on both sides of the Mexican border. The women in these stories offer tales of pure discovery, filled with moments of infinite and intimate wisdom.


A collection of stories, whose characters give voice to the vibrant and varied life on both sides of the Mexican border. The women in these stories offer tales of pure discovery, filled with moments of infinite and intimate wisdom.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Ranging from prose lyrics of less than a page to much lengthier (but still lyrical) fictions, these stories are eloquent testimonials to the status of Mexican-American women. Cisneros ( The House on Mango Street ) introduces a cast of Chicanas from the environs of San Antonio, Tex., letting us eavesdrop on a series of interior monologues as well crafted as they are expressive. She begins with the self-conscious yet spontaneous effusions of young girls (``You laughing something into my ear that tickles, and me going Ha Ha Ha Ha''), then turns to preadolescents and young women; her speakers evince a shared, uneasy awareness that their self-worth depends on a loyalty to Mexico strained, all the same, by the realities of their lives up North. The restless vamp of ``Never Marry a Mexican'' feels ``ridiculous'' as ``a Mexican girl who couldn't even speak Spanish,'' and cultivates a contempt for her white lover (``nude as a pearl. You've lost your train of smoke'') and his wife (``alive under the flannel and down, and smelling like milk and hand cream'')--but she is not sure just what she is envying. In this sensitively structured suite of sketches, however, Cisneros's irony defers to her powers of observation, so that feminism and cultural imperialism, while important issues here, do not overwhelm the narrative. Author tour. (Apr.)
Library Journal
In this collection of Mexican-American stories, Cisneros addresses the reader in a voice that is alternately buoyant, strong, funny, and sad. The brief vignettes of the opening piece, ``My Lucy Friend Who Smells Like Corn,'' are tiles in a mosaic. Taken together, these vignettes give a vivid, colorful picture of life on the Texas/Mexico border. Family ties are strong: aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents are all present. The stories are often about the romantic dreams of young girls longing to escape stifling small-town life who discover that things are not much different on the other side of the border. Cisneros has an acute eye for the telling detail that reveals the secrets and the dreams of her characters. She writes with humor and love about people she knows intimately.-- Marcia Tager, Tenafly, N.J.

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
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Vintage Contemporaries Series
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Product dimensions:
5.15(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)
960L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Sandra Cisneros was born in Chicago in 1954. Internationally acclaimed for her poetry and fiction, she has been 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 the novels The House on Mango Street and Caramelo, a collection of short stories Woman Hollering Creek, a book of poetry Loose Woman, and a children's book Hairs/Pelitos. She lives in San Antonio, Texas.

Brief Biography

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

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Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thia book is great! IT was a page turner that I coundn't put down!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the book! The stories gave an insight to the lives and situations of the characters. These female characters expressed the latino culture in many different situations and gave the image of women having strong and weak characters. I suggest you read this book.
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The stories included in this collection are very diverse. It is written to appeal largely to a bilingual audience, but if you're not a Spanish speaker, don't worry- she reiterates everything in English. In the opening pages I wondered whether the author was not rather ill-educated, but as it turns out the narrative voice changes with each story, and Cisneros herself is actually quite brilliant. A word of warning to my fellow light-skinned readers: only read this if you don't mind being insulted from time to time.
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Woman Hollering Creek, by Sandra Cisneros, is a book of short stories told from the viewpoint of what seems to be multiple different people. The beginnings of the stories tell of times when the narrators were little girls, who they were friends with, what their environments were like. The stories persist into adolescence, where the multiple characters tell of hard times they¿d had. Finally, a few longer stories ended the book by telling of husbands and family and children and trials of adulthood. The stories are all told from the viewpoints of women growing up in a Hispanic culture, and while they share that one fact, each short story still manages to differ from all the rest. All the women have different personalities and opinions, meaning if you switched characters from stories, the stories would have to rewrite themselves. While some stories are a bit mature, Sandra Cisneros did an excellent job of capturing the minds of multiple people within her own in her book Woman Hollering Creek.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't get me wrong. Some of the stories were good especially the onces from childhood. But most of them dragged on and eventually became boring. It was interesting enough for me to finish it but I was glad the book was over. I really don't have much to say about it. I guess if your into really poetic short-stories this might be for you. None of them really had a plot. If you want an example of a good short story read 'The Lesson 'by Toni Cade Bombara and 'the story of an hour' by kate Chopin.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and I love Sandra Ciscernos. It is poetic and beautiful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is really confusion book to read. Too many Latin laguage without the meaning.