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[#DecolonizeBookshelves2022] Witch Women And Other Stories by Sandra Cisneros

"Even if you had the words, you could never tell me. You don't know your own heart, men. Even when you are speaking with it in your hand." -Sandra Cisneros, Woman Hollering Creek And Other Stories.

Myra here.

Woman Hollering Creek And Other Stories [Amazon | Book Depository]

Written by Sandra Cisneros Published by Vintage (1992, first published 1991) ISBN: 0679738568 (ISBN13: 9780679738565) Literary Award: Anisfield-Wolf Book Award (1993), Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Fiction (1991) Bought a copy of the book. Book quotes and layout via Canva and Typorama.

This is the tenth book that I am reviewing / featuring as part of our #DecolonizeBookshelves2022 reading theme from my target list of 25 books (for this year) from This Is The Canon: Decolonize Your Bookshelf In 50 Books (Amazon | Book Depository) – and the eighth novel written by a female author.

My book log indicates that I started reading the book on May 28 and finished it on June 01.

Cisneros’ writing leaves me as a reader, literally breathless – the words leaping off each other, the sentences almost a paragraph, as she winds her thoughts into a questioning conclusion of sorts. There was only one story that resonated with me, Eyes of Zapata, with its parallels to the Filipino manananggal – except that this one flies full-bodied, finding her ertswhile-feckless lover, her emotions allowing her to defy gravity.

Here are some quotes that reveal Cisneros’ mastery of language, the way she skilfully plays around with phrases and metaphors – arriving at something so distinctly and recognizably hers alone.


#DecolonizeBookshelves2022 Update: 63 out of target 100

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

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