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ESPERANZA'S BOX OF SAINTS

by Maria Amparo Escandon
| Item # P2888
ESPERANZA'S BOX OF SAINTS P2888
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Reading Group Guide ESPERANZA''S BOX OF SAINTS Esperanza''s Box of Saints is a magical, humorous, and passion-filled odyssey about a beautiful young widow''s search for her missing child -- a mission that takes her from a humble Mexican village to the rowdy brothels of Tijuana and a rarely seen side of Los Angeles. But it''s not just a geographical journey -- it''s also a journey of self-discovery. DISCUSSION QUESTIONS What did you think of Esperanza''s apparitions? Are they serious? Comical? Rooted in religion? Why do you think the author chose San Judas Tadeo to be her patron saint? Esperanza carries her box of saints wherever she goes. What do you think this box represents? Is it the mobility of faith? Or perhaps the saints are protection from evil? Why do you think strangers find her altar so intriguing? Are you convinced that Blanca really died in the hospital, or do you believe that she''s still alive? Did your opinion change at different times during the book? If so, when? Did you agree with Esperanza''s intuition? Esperanza has been living with Soledad for twelve years. Do you think their relationship is supportive or destructive? What does Soledad''s presence bring to the plot and to Esperanza''s mental and physical well-being? How do you think Esperanza''s major losses (husband and only child) at such a young age have affected her and her outlook on life? What role do shoes play in Esperanza''s journey? She''s always searching for the perfect shoes -- then ruining or losing them. What do you think this says about her? When Esperanza goes from brothel to brothel while searching for Blanca, she meets some interesting characters along the way. Do you think it''s realistic that each one breaks the rules for Esperanza? What is it about her innocence that allows her to remain unharmed? The bulk of the novel takes place in Southern California and Mexico. Did the pace and spirit of the writing give you a tangible sense of place and cultural background? How did Esp

Product Information

  • AR Level5.3
  • AR Quiz Number70907
  • AR Quiz Points10
  • AuthorMaria Amparo Escandon
  • Page Count256
  • ISBN10068485614X
  • ISBN139780684856148
  • PublisherTouchstone
  • Year Published1999
  • Type of BookFiction
  • SubjectModern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
    Religious & spiritual fiction
    Fiction & related items
  • ImprintTouchstone

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