Have You Seen Marie? released
Sandra's first new book
Have You Seen Marie?
a fable for grown-ups
by Sandra Cisneros
illustrated by Ester Hernandez
Available now in paperback and eBook
"I wanted to write a book that would help heal other people who are in pain from a death. I was living through that pain myself, and writing the story helped me to feel transformed by my mother's death, to feel her presence rather than her absence. And I wanted to write about that so that other people who were suffering would understand that, when you have a loss, your heart is broken open but it's also open to things of the spirit and to things of beauty, if you pay attention."
The internationally acclaimed author of The House on Mango Street gives us a deeply moving tale of loss, grief, and healing: a lyrically told, richly illustrated fable for grown-ups about a woman’s search for a cat who goes missing in the wake of her mother’s death.
The word “orphan” might not seem to apply to a fifty-three-year-old woman. Yet this is exactly how Sandra feels as she finds herself motherless, alone like “a glove left behind at the bus station.” What just might save her is her search for someone else gone missing: Marie, the black-and-white cat of her friend, Roz, who ran off the day they arrived from Tacoma. As Sandra and Roz scour the streets of San Antonio, posting flyers and asking everywhere, “Have you seen Marie?” the pursuit of this one small creature takes on unexpected urgency and meaning. With full-color illustrations that bring this transformative quest to vivid life, Have You Seen Marie? showcases a beloved author’s storytelling magic, in a tale that reminds us how love, even when it goes astray, does not stay lost forever.
“Best-selling Cisneros chronicles a search for a runaway cat that turns into a way to work through grief and discover community... The deliberately informal, rough-edged illustrations give a nice sense of Cisneros’ multicultural, bohemian neighborhood... [T]his warmhearted tale offers comfort to anyone coping with the loss of a loved one.”
About the illustrator
Ester Hernandez is an internationally acclaimed visual artist whose work is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Library of Congress, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Museo Casa Estudiao Diego Reivera y Frida Kahlo in Mexico City.
Sample the illustrations