Stories about a woman with power to heal, but no powers of speech; a princess whose uncle leaves her deep in a cave to die at the hands of a stagman. Another young woman raised to be a witch alongside the witch's troll son; and a girl who finds the knot in the grain of her new house’s attic, which leads her on a magical mission.
This book tells the story of Esperanza Cordero, a young girl growing up in the Hispanic quarter of Chicago, whose neighborhood is one of harsh realities and harsh beauty. Esperanza doesn't want to belong, not to her run-down neighborhood, and not to the low expectations the world has for her. Capturing her thoughts and emotions in poems and stories, she is able to rise above hopelessness and create a quiet space for herself in the midst of her oppressive surroundings. Esperanza's story is that of a young girl coming into her power, and inventing for herself what she will become.