I read the 25th anniversary edition of this book, which comes with an introduction by the author. Cisneros, in the introduction, describes the typical aspirations, doubts, and dreams of a young female author just starting out. She wants to write full-time, to be able to afford her own apartment with a writing space. She wants a place of her own in the world, and she wants the work she does to have meaning. She struggles with imposter syndrome, especially in the presence of entitled white male authors who ooze self-assured confidence.