Cisneros' other works include Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories (1991), and the poetry collections Bad Boys and Loose Woman (1994). She has also written a book for juveniles, Pelitos (1994). Cisneros has also contributed to numerous periodicals, including Imagine, Contact II, Glamour, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Village Voice and Revista Chicano-Riquena. These works, short in titles but great in fresh literary ideas and cultural resonance, have garnered Sandra Cisneros wide critical acclaim as well as popular success. By reaching deep into her Chicana-Mexican heritage and articulating sensations of displacement and longing, Sandra Cisneros has created a lasting tribute to those who must conquer similar battles as she, and has thereby left a lasting friend for all who have let their imaginations build a house all their own.
Shakespeare's tragedies have been in print for the last 500-some-odd years despite the fact that a lot of them are total downers. Why? Probably because sadness is a universal part of life and is something everybody can relate to. We know that's not an amazing revelation or anything, but it does explain the appeal of a story like Cisnero's "Eleven." For Rachel, the red sweater incident is a humiliating experience, one that begins to pull Rachel from the comfort of her family and into the much colder world of adulthood. Sure, many readers won't be able to empathize much with Rachel's experience. It's just a sweater, right? No biggie. But even if you can't empathize with the experience itself, Rachel's vivid imagery and description of her sadness will likely prove very similar to something we've all experienced before.