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. Rescued from turmoil by her favorite saint, Esperanza embarks on a journey that tests her faith, teaches her the ways of the world, and transforms her from a fervently religious innocent to an independent, sexual, and passionately devout woman.

Product Details

Touchstone Books
Publish Date
January 14, 1999
5.4 X 0.8 X 8.4 inches | 0.65 pounds
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About the Author

Born in Mexico, Maria Amparo Escandon now lives in Los Angeles. She teaches writing at UCLA Extension, and her stories have been published in many magazines.


Tony Hillerman A highly original, beautifully written, and heartwarming tale.
Rudolfo Anaya A stunning commentary on religion and sex.
Oscar Hijuelos A sweet and entertaining novel by an inventive writer.
Carolyn See This novel introduces us to many saints in heaven, and the more interesting -- and struggling -- saints-in-the-making right here on earth. A charming and compassionate fable.
Laura Esquivel Esperanza's Box of Saints fills our souls with colors and flavors, but more importantly with a sense of genuine, heartfelt candor, born from true faith. With a smile on our face and a pang in our heart, we find renewed hope in Esperanza's quest.
Jorge Ramos anchor, Univision Network A fascinating world where the mystical and the mundane collide...funny, offbeat, and bold...definitely a new landmark in Latin American literature.
John Sayles The saints in María Amparo Escandón's novel take us on a journey that explores the nature of sin and absolution, the pain of loss, and the resurrection of enormously compassionate work about a woman who wrestles with her own faith and emerges victorious.
Sandra Benitez [Escandón] takes us on a spirited journey at once poignant and hilarious. May the Saints bless the innocence and courage of Esperanza Diaz, the novel's inimitable hero, who winds her way through the world toward independence. May the Saints preserve her wit, tenacity, and passion.
Luis Rodriguez Here is a Mexican woman's take on the Odyssean tale: a mother looking for a daughter, guided by a Saint's image on a grime-drenched glass oven door...this motherlove keeps Esperanza from losing her conscience, her beauty, and the purity of her soul. I admire Escandón's telling, a seduction in itself.
Ilan Stavans A haunting and hunting tale of spiritual self-discovery wherein a searcher and the object of her search are one and the same. María Amparo Escandón writes with enviable assurance and deceitful simplicity. Her style is all about sight, belief, and memory. And her tale is miraculous: it has the weight of a myth and the beauty of a legend.