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Sandra Cisneros's House on Mango Street tells the funny-sad-happy story of Esperanza, a Chicana girl growing up with her parents and sister in a house on Mango Street in Chicago. Life isn't easy for Esperanza: her parents don't make much money, the house they live in is kind of busted, and people can't pronounce her name properly in school. Esperanza's caught between two worlds: Mexico and the U.S.