Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories

Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories

by Sandra Cisneros


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A collection of stories by Sandra Cisneros, the winner of the 2018 PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature. The lovingly drawn characters of these stories give voice to the vibrant and varied life on both sides of the Mexican border with tales of pure discovery, filled with moments of infinite and intimate wisdom.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679738565
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/03/1992
Series: Vintage Contemporaries Series
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 93,272
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 960L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Sandra Cisneros is a poet, short story writer, novelist and essayist whose work explores the lives of the working-class. Her numerous awards include NEA fellowships in both poetry and fiction, the Texas Medal of the Arts, a MacArthur Fellowship, several honorary doctorates and national and international book awards, including Chicago’s Fifth Star Award, the PEN Center USA Literary Award, and the National Medal of the Arts awarded to her by President Obama in 2016. Most recently, she received the Ford Foundation’s Art of Change Fellowship, was recognized among The Frederick Douglass 200, and was awarded the PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature.

Her classic, coming-of-age novel, The House on Mango Street, has sold over six million copies, has been translated into over twenty languages, and is required reading in elementary, high school, and universities across the nation.

In addition to her writing, Cisneros has fostered the careers of many aspiring and emerging writers through two non-profits she founded: the Macondo Foundation and the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Foundation. She is also the organizer of Los MacArturos, Latino MacArthur fellows who are community activists. Her literary papers are preserved in Texas at the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University. 

Sandra Cisneros is a dual citizen of the United States and Mexico and earns her living by her pen. She currently lives in San Miguel de Allende.


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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AGSEnglish2 More than 1 year ago
"Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories" is an accumulation of short stories put together into one book. This group of short stories were all written by Sandra Cisneros. The author is from San Antonio, Texas and is a Mexican-American writer. The book includes Sandra Cisneros’ personal stories about her life growing up on the United States and Mexico border. All of these stories are her experiences which are in the perspective of being a Mexican-American woman. Sandra Cisneros’s collection is separated into three different parts. All of the sections are focused on women and how they socially interact with the people in their lives. Most of the social interactions involve men who see women as weaker and not as good as men. The author identifies these issues introduces the characters slowly while uncovering their life stories. The first section of the book is called “My Lucy Friend Who Smells Like Corn.” This part of the collection tells a short story about a girl and her closest friend Lucy. This segment tells their life stories and experiences growing up just a little bit north of the US and Mexico border. Both of these girls are Mexican-American. Lucy Anguiano grew up in a poor home with a hardworking mom. Lucy has many siblings as well. The author also shows that Lucy’s father is very non-existent in her life. Since there is not much supervision, the narrator and Lucy are very adventurous. The second section is called “One Holy Night.” This story is based on the life of Ixchel, a Mexican-American teenage girl that move to the United States. She has some struggles with the differences of Mexico and the United States and the transition. Ixchel story starts when she is wanting to find a romantic partner because that’s what high schoolers do. While she was in search of the person for her, she comes across a much older man. The story continues with her experiences with him and it gets very intense. The third and last section is called, “There Was a Man, There Was a Woman.” This segment contains three different short stories. The first story in this segment is called “Woman Hollering Creek.” This narrative tells the story of the main character, Cleofilas who is a Mexican woman. Her story is about her and her husband’s journey crossing the border to Seguin, Texas. “Woman Hollering Creek” tells Cleofilas’s challenges once she reaches Seguin and her plan to return home. “Eyes of Zapata” is the second story in this segment and it’s about a woman named Ines. This story is about her life with Emiliano Zapata. Her husband helped revolutionize Mexico so he was very non-existent with his wife. The last story in this segment is called “Never Marry a Mexican” and it’s about Clemencia, the main character, and her life with her white partner. She gets feelings of rejection from him as she states in the short story.
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.
sspare on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wonderfully written syncretic short stories by a great voice in American literature.
bagambo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Brilliant collection of short stories by one of Chicana literature's most renowned authors. There are tales of identity politics (being Mexican and American and living within each culture), relationships (between men and women and women and women), and domestic violence. Each story brings a new character with a new voice and a new life to read about. Prose like in writing style, this collection is a perfect example of the creativity and intelligence that Cisneros' writing exhibits. A must read for any lover of literature!!
texbrown on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Having grownup in Hawaii, the stories are not unlike those from the Islands accept the pidgin langauge. The stories paint a dismal picture and time where no one would want to be trapped.
debnance on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved The House on Mango Street and very much wanted to read more of this author. The quality of the stories varied wildly, from excellent to poor. Even the weakest stories, however, are very successful in presenting a Hispanic-American viewpoint, a viewpoint that I have rarely seen in print and one that is needed in my part of the world.
Tylerlovesbooks More than 1 year 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.