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“We are like the phoenix,”

said Abuelita.

“Rising again, with a new life ahead of us.”

04 October 2010

Chapter Fruit

Esperanza Rising is divided into thirteen chapters, each representing a month of the year and titled after a fruit or vegetable Esperanza encounters during this time period. The fruits are shown below, in the order of their appearance in the novel. The thirteenth chapter comes full circle and repeats "Grapes." Click on the links to learn about each fruit or vegetable.

"When Esperanza told Abuelita their story, about all that had happened to them, she didn't measure time by the usual seasons. Instead, she told it as a field-worker, in spans of fruits and vegetables and by what needed to be done to the land."