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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.

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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.

Product Details

Random House Inc
Publication date:
Vintage Contemporaries
Edition description:
New Edition
Product dimensions:
4.80(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)
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 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 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.
Tylerlovesbooks 17 days ago
Woman Hollering Creek: A book written by Sandra Cisneros allows you to eagle eye the lives of people on both sides of the Mexican boarder. This collection of short stories display many feminist and double cultured connotations that speak their truth and are very powerful messages. Although some stories didn't quite grasp me, enough of them did to get me hooked. I was able to read half of this book in less than a day due to how hypnotizing Sandra’s poetic words effortlessly lifted off the page and into my mind. My favorite stories include: Eleven, My Tocaya, Woman Hollering Creek, Remember The Alamo, Never Marry A Mexican, Bread, Eyes of Zapata, and Los boxers; all these stories spoke to me the loudest. Eleven, was well crafted story about a girl who’s celebrating her birthday. Through this short chapter of the novel the little girl explains how she still feels ten and how you still have each age inside of you. What really spoke to me and made me evaluate my life was when she said “And maybe one day when you’re all grown up and maybe you will need to cry life if you’re three, and that’s okay.” This made me realize that when I become an adult i still have all of those years under my belt. Sandra Cisneros has a gift where she's able to connect the characters life with the readers. My Tocaya grasps you immediately, when you find out that the girl has gone missing so many questions run through your head. The theme of this chapter is about love and relationships. Patricia Benvidez (Tri-ish)is desperately crushing over Max Lucas Luna Luna, he is actually the reason Tri-ish and the narrator Patricia become friends. however Tri-ish dies somehow but then is actually nit dead which complicates the book further. Eventually the story ends but you feel as if you were in the story, you were apart of the sentences…you are the words. The author does this so effortlessly and her writing comes out as if it were a picture or a movie during this story. Woman hollering Creek…..My absolute favorite story out of them all. The authors ability to get you on the edge of your seat for each word on the page just amazes me. Although this story wasn't a story about what happened to her, she's able to make her words apply to your life, the characters life and life in general. This chapter is about a woman named Cleofilas who comes across the Mexican boarder to live in Texas, with her new husband, Juan Pedro. All to find out her husband is abusive, and an infidel which leads the story on a path of her realizing she based her marriage with him off the relationships you see on television. Eventually she leaves him; however at first you are confused by the events that happen but at the story unfolds when you realize that this naive girl had expectations she got from soap operas but is smacked with reality. Sandra’s impressive ability to creatively put you in Cleofilas’s shoes will leave you mind blown. I have nothing negative to report about this story, every single word left me wanting more. To conclude, This book was incredibly well written, absolute art was achieved. I wont get into too much detail over my favorite chapters so that you may experience it for yourself. However the only weakness I could possibly say about this novel is that through some texts it gets a little wordy, or too detailed. Other than that she did a wonderful job and would highly recommend the book.
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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.