A girl describes how each person in the family has hair that looks and
acts different, Papa's like a broom, Kiki's like fur, and Mama's with
the sweet smell of bread before it's baked.
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.