Introduction: Aguascalientes, Mexico, 1924

We initially meet Esperanza Ortega as a six-year-old girl walking via her father, Sixto, whom she calls Papa, through a vineyard in the valley wright here they live in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Papa explains the valley as a living point through breath and a heartbeat. He tells Esperanza that as soon as a perchild lies down on the ground, they can feel the land also breathe and hear its heart beating. Esperanza giggles as they lie dvery own to listen, and also says she can’t hear it, but Papa tells her to be patient. After a few moments, Esperanza deserve to hear and feel the land also beneath her.

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Chapter 1: Las Uvas (Grapes), six years later on (1930)

Esperanza is the only child of Sixto and also Ramona Ortega. Sixto is the well-off owner of El Rancho de las Rosas. Everyone at the ranch is preparing for the year’s grape harvest, consisting of Esperanza’s family members, their servants, cowboys, and also field employees. It is also virtually Esperanza’s thirteenth birthday. While gathering roses, Esperanza pricks her thumb on a thorn, and believes it is a sign of bad luck. Papa has not reverted from the areas, and Esperanza and also her mother are worried. Papa had been warned around bandits in the area that were angry through affluent landowners like him. Papa has actually given some workers their own plots of land, yet tright here are still many that own nothing.

Mama sends out two workers, Alfonso and also his boy, Miguel, out to discover Papa while she waits via Esperanza and also Esperanza’s grandmommy, Abuelita, and also their housekeeper, Hortensia, who is Alfonso’s wife and Miguel’s mom. Miguel is sixteen. He and also Esperanza have been friends considering that they were children. But someday she told Miguel that bereason his family functioned for hers, tbelow was a river between them that couldn’t be crossed. Now Miguel calls Esperanza his queen.

Abuelita and also Esperanza crochet to take their minds off worrying about Papa. Esperanza’s work is lopsided compared to Abuelita’s, yet Abuelita tells her not to be afraid of founding over. Esperanza’s uncles, Tío Luis and also Tío Marco, arrive at the house. Tío Luis is the bank president and also Tío Marco is the town’s mayor. They are Papa’s older stepbrothers. The guys lug bad news: a ranch worker has actually discovered Papa’s silver belt buckle. Abuelita, Hortensia, and Mama start to pray for Papa’s safety. Alfonso and also Miguel lastly arrive in a wagon, carrying the dead body of Esperanza’s father covered in a blanket. Esperanza drops to her knees, crying.

Chapter 2: Las Papayas (Papayas)

Esperanza learns that Papa and also his workers were assaulted and eliminated by bandits. She tells the story to Señor Rodriguez, her friend Marisol’s father that has actually carried the papayas Esperanza’s father had ordered for Esperanza’s party. Papa’s funeral services last for three days, and civilization leave the family food and also flowers. Esperanza doesn’t want to open her birthday presents, but Esperanza’s mom claims that her father would have actually wanted Esperanza to do so. Esperanza receives several gifts, including a porcelain doll from Papa.

Tío Luis and also Tío Marco visit the family eextremely day, coming to be even more frustrated as Esperanza’s mommy proceeds to grieve for Papa. A lawyer tells Mama that Papa left the ranch home to her and Esperanza, however he left the land also to Tío Luis. Luis wants to buy the residence, and also renders an market that Esperanza’s mom does not think is fair. Luis then uses to marry her so she deserve to proceed to live in the residence. Mama refoffers this market too, and Luis alerts that he will certainly make her life difficult.

While Mama, Abuelita, and Hortensia comment on what have the right to be done, Esperanza meets Miguel outside. They talk about the rose bushes Papa planted for each of them, side by side. Miguel tells her that his family will leave for the USA shortly to look for occupational quite than work for Luis, but they will continue to be for a while to help Esperanza’s family members. Esperanza is grateful, but figured out that she will never before leave her residence.

Chapter 3: Los Higos (Figs)

Esperanza is woken by her mother screaming. Their residence is on fire. They battle to leave while Miguel runs inside the home for Abuelita. Abuelita is injured and also cannot walk, however she still holds her bag of crocheting. Esperanza, Mama, Abuelita, Hortensia, Miguel, and also Alfonso watch as the fire destroys the house.

Luis and Marco express sorrow for another tragedy so soon after Papa’s death, and Luis wonders what the household will certainly carry out if more mishaps occur. He uses aacquire to marry Mama, and she says she will consider his proposal. Esperanza is furious, and also tells Luis that she hates him. The household and also friends agree that Luis will certainly destroy even more of the ranch unmuch less Mama marries him. Hortensia tells Mama that her family members is going to the United States to live and occupational on a big farm. There will be tasks for everyone. Mama asks if she and also Esperanza can go with them. Abuelita will come later on, after her injuries have actually healed. Until then, she will stay through her sisters at a nearby convent.

The group discusses the challenges of crossing the border into the USA. Abuelita claims that her sisters at a convent will gain the correct records for Esperanza and her mom. Abuelita reminds Esperanza not to be afrassist of founding over. She provides Esperanza the bag of crocheting and also tells her to finish her work-related. Mama tells Luis she will accept his proposal, yet he must reconstruct the ranch, and send a wagon so she deserve to visit Abuelita at the convent. Luis is surprised but agrees.

A few nights later on, Esperanza and also her mommy escape. Esperanza leaves through a bag containing clothing, tamales, and her brand-new doll. She looks earlier at the ranch, but Mama tells her that Papa’s heart will uncover them wherever they go.

Chapter 4: Las Guayabas (Guavas)

Esperanza, her mom, and Hortensia hide inside the back of the wagon so they won’t be seen as they escape from Aguascalientes. Esperanza is scared of being in the tight room, however Hortensia distracts her with memories from once they once hid from thieves inside the ranch home by crawling under a bed. After 2 days, the team boards a train automobile complete of people Esperanza calls peasants. Many type of are dirty, carrying animals, and also wearing old, torn apparel. A little girl stares at Esperanza’s porcelain doll, yet Esperanza yanks it ago as soon as the girl reaches for it, making the girl cry. Esperanza’s mom apologizes for Esperanza’s bad manners, and has Esperanza help her make a yarn doll for the girl.

At eexceptionally sheight, Miguel and also Alfonso step off the train to include water to an oilcloth package. Esperanza is irritated by Miguel’s happiness at being on the train, however Miguel tells her that he is going to try to job-related on the railroad in California. He has actually constantly wanted to work-related on trains, and also Esperanza’s father had promised to help him discover a job. Miguel tells Esperanza that in the United States, even the poorest man have the right to end up being well-off if he functions hard sufficient.

After four days and also nights on the train, Esperanza meets Carmen, an egg seller who tells the group that also though she is bad, she is affluent because she has her kids, her garden, and also memories of the world she loves. When she leaves the train, Esperanza and Miguel watch as Carguys provides a beggar on the train platcreate some money and also food. Miguel tells Esperanza that the negative take care of those who have also much less than they do, while the affluent only take treatment of each various other.

Chapter 5: Los Melones (Cantaloupes)

The train reaches the The golden state border. The police frighten Esperanza, yet Mama reflects that their records are great and that they have actually pertained to the USA to job-related. The team boards one more train, to Los Angeles. They are met by Alfonso’s brother Juan, his wife, Josefina, and their youngsters, Isabel and the babies Lupe and Pepe. On the means to the farm, Isabel tells Esperanza that she desires to learn English in school this year.

When the team stops for lunch, Esperanza tries to hear the land’s heartbeat, as Papa taught her to execute. She can’t hear or feel anything, and she cries prior to she has the sensation of flying high, then falling earlier dvery own. Esperanza faints, and also wakes to discover Miguel standing above her.

Marta, a worker from another camp, joins the team. Isabel tells Marta that Esperanza’s father owned a ranch, and also Miguel functioned for Esperanza’s family. Marta asks if Esperanza is a princess that has actually concerned be a peasant. Miguel and Isabel protect Esperanza, explaining that her father died and also a fire destroyed her residence. Marta tells Esperanza that her very own father died fighting in the Mexican rdevelopment versus affluent landowners. Esperanza tries to explain that her father was a great guy, however Marta doesn’t treatment.

Isabel mirrors Esperanza the camps of workers from the Philippines, Oklahoma, and also Japan. Marta explains that the land owners don’t want the groups to live and occupational together. As long as all teams think the others are living the same method, no one will certainly care. But if one group receives better therapy, then other groups will certainly strike. Miguel and also Marta comment on the jamaica fiesta happening in camp on Saturday night. When the truck arrives at the Mexican camp, Marta taunts Esperanza, saying no one will certainly be her servant tbelow.

Chapter 6: Las Cebollas (Onions)

Marta joins a group of girls, gossiping via them in English about Esperanza. Isabel points out the structure through the camp toiallows, and Miguel leads Esperanza and also her mother to the group’s cabin. Alfonso has actually told the landowners that Esperanza and also her mommy are his cousins, so they will live as a family members in one cabin. Esperanza comlevels that they are living prefer steeds, but her mom tells Esperanza to be grateful for what they have.

Esperanza and Isabel will certainly watch the babies while the others work-related in the fields. Esperanza’s primary task will certainly be to sweep the wood platcreate in the middle of the camp eincredibly afternoon. Isabel shows Esperanza the platdevelop and brooms before they meet Isabel’s finest frifinish Silthrough and 2 woguys, Irene and also Melina. Melina tells Esperanza she knows around exactly how she came from Aguascalientes. When Esperanza wonders just how civilization understand around her currently, Isabel tells her that everyone in the camp knows each other’s business.

Isabel is surprised to learn that Esperanza doesn’t know exactly how to wash apparel. Isabel reminds Esperanza that next week she will certainly go to college, and Esperanza will certainly be alone through the babies. Isabel asks if Esperanza knows exactly how to sweep, and also Esperanza assures her that she does. But when it is time for her to sweep the platdevelop, she ends up making a bigger mess. She notices some womales watching her and laughing, consisting of Marta, that calls her Cinderella. Humiliated, Esperanza runs ago inside the cabin. That evening, Miguel mirrors Esperanza just how to sweep. She thanks him, and Miguel aget calls her his queen. Later, Isabel asks around Esperanza’s life as a queen, and also Esperanza agrees to tell her about her life in Aguascalientes, if Isabel will teach her how to carry out laundry and also take care of the babies.

Chapter 7: Las Almendras (Almonds)

Miguel leads Esperanza and her mommy behind the cabin to a makechange shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe. Miguel has planted rosebushes there that he dug from the scorched ground of the ranch. He and Alfonso retained the cuttings wet throughout the journey from Mexico. Miguel has actually inserted Esperanza’s rose beside a trellis, allowing it to climb. Mama reminds Esperanza that Papa’s heart would discover them wherever before they went.The following night is the jamaica fiesta. Esperanza is nervous around dealing with the others in camp, and also asks around Marta. Isabel tells Esperanza that Marta knows English bereason she and also her mom were born in the United States. Isabel’s father doesn’t like it when Marta involves the jamaicas, because she talks as well a lot around employees striking.

At the fiesta, Esperanza notices a group gathered approximately Marta and her friends. Marta yells that the employees are being treated prefer kittens, meek animals that have no alternative. Marta’s team is planning to strike in 2 weeks, at the elevation of the cotton seachild. They desire others to sign up with them so everyone’s stays deserve to acquire much better. Marta and also her friends are ordered to leave the camp. Later, Josefina explains that Marta and her mom are miapprove employees. Migrant camps have actually no defense and also incredibly bit pay. Josefina tells Esperanza that Mexicans cannot hazard striking, bereason the landowners will hire various other employees from Oklahoma or in other places.

Late that night, Mama tells Esperanza that she is proud of all that Esperanza is finding out. Esperanza claims that she will certainly light a candle for Papa at church the next day, and also pray for a railroad task for Miguel, for aid via the babies, and also for Abuelita to obtain well. Mama claims that she will certainly pray as well for Esperanza to be solid, no issue what happens.

Chapter 8: Las Ciruelas (Plums)

On her first day alone via the babies, Esperanza mashes ripe plums for them to eat before they nap. When they wake, both babies have made a devastating mess in their diapers. They have been sick from eating also much. Esperanza remembers that once she was sick as a kid, Hortensia would certainly make her drink rice water. Esperanza prepares rice water for the babies, feeding them little quantities till Isabel comes residence. Isabel tells her she did the right point, bereason raw plums are also difficult on babies’ stomachs.

Esperanza spends time through Irene and Milena. The women talk around just how this is the day of the strike, prior to a warm wind blows across the field, and the sky goes dark. There is a vicious dust storm coming. The women hide in the cabin via the youngsters as dirt and also dust fly exterior. Irene and Melina leave after the storm settles, and Esperanza waits for Isabel and also the others to come residence.

Once house, the family members members take transforms washing their bodies and apparel. Esperanza’s mom is coughing tough from the dust. At the table, the family members discusses exactly how the strike did not happen bereason of the storm. The cotton pickers now have actually no jobs because the storm covered the crop in dirt, however the others will go earlier to occupational tomorrow, because the grapes are ready.

A month later, Mama is still coughing, and also she is weak and feverish. A medical professional trusted by the field employees comes and also tells the household that she has actually Valley Fever before. Dust spores from the storm have actually infected her lungs. It is not contagious, yet brings fever before, pain, and also coughing. Even with medicine, it could be 6 months prior to Mama is well—if she survives at all.

Chapter 9: Las Papas (Potatoes)

Esperanza takes treatment of her mommy while Irene and Melina look after the babies. Mama is not getting worse, but she is also not gaining much better. She calls out for Abuelita, and also asks Esperanza to offer her the crocheted blanket Abuelita had actually began prior to they left Aguascalientes. As her mommy sleeps, Esperanza attempts to finish the blanket.

Winter comes, and Mama has trouble breapoint. The medical professional claims that she is weak and also depressed, and also have to go to the hospital. Hortensia tells Esperanza that her mommy has actually shed so much, and her toughness is gone.

Esperanza goes through Hortensia and also Josefina to cut potato eyes for three weeks. If she is an excellent worker, Esperanza could be hired to do even more. Esperanza learns exactly how the older woguys finish their work and also continue to be warmth in the melted wright here they job-related. One woman is Marta’s aunt, that claims that the strikers are organizing now for the spring. She concerns that the strikers will certainly shed their cabins in the migrant camp and be sent back to Mexico. She advises that Mexicans who continue to job-related while others are striking may be hequipped. Marta’s uncle has actually told her that she cannot stay through them if she strikes, because they cannot risk shedding their jobs.

A few nights before Christmas, Isabel asks Esperanza around how the holiday was commemorated in Aguascalientes. Esperanza defines the sights and also sounds, and remembers that she was happy. For Christmas this year, she desires her Mama to be well again, and also to keep functioning. Esperanza visits her mother in the hospital on Christmas Day, however Mama does not wake from her sleep. Esperanza leaves her a gift of a little stone comparable to one Abuelita brought in her coat, and tells her mom that she will certainly take treatment of every little thing.

Chapter 10: Las Aguacates (Avocados)

Esperanza’s life continues through work during the days, helping via the babies at night, and visiting Mama in the hospital on weekends. Eincredibly various other week, Esperanza takes money she has saved and also gets a money order from the industry. She hides the money orders in her bag, hoping to save enough for Abuelita’s take a trip expenses.

The physician tells Esperanza that Mama has pneumonia, and also have to have no tourists for the following month, to prevent other infections. Esperanza asks to check out Mama for a brief time, and also braids her mother’s hair before informing Mama that she loves her. Unable to visit her mom, Esperanza is sad. Miguel convinces Esperanza to go through him to a Japanese market wbelow the owner is sort to Mexicans. At the sector, Esperanza buys an additional money order and a piñata for her mommy.

On their means home, Esperanza and also Miguel view Marta through her mommy, Ada. Ada tells Esperanza that she has actually been praying for Esperanza’s mother. Marta asks Miguel to take them to the farm wright here she and her mom are currently living. The farm is messy, via several households living in tents or cars. A family comes begging for food because the father lost his project after striking. Esperanza gives the father some beans and also provides the children the piñata. Marta tells Miguel and also Esperanza that the strikers are more organized now, and will shut down fields, roadways, and also the railroad during the asparagus seakid. Marta alerts that they could be in danger if they do not join the strike.

A few nights later on, Miguel brings news that he has uncovered a project in the railroad’s machine shop. It may be temporary, yet Miguel’s father Alfonso is sure that Miguel’s occupational will certainly be so excellent that the railroad will certainly keep him.

Chapter 11: Las Espárragos (Asparagus)

On the first day of the asparagus seachild, the workers are defended from the strikers by a man through a gun, however the gun frigh10s Esperanza as well. The strikers, consisting of Marta and also Ada, chant and also threaten the workers all day. Alfonso and Juan tell the womales that the very same points are happening in the areas. One day, Josefina pulls asparagus from a cprice to discover a rat, and also later, a woman sees snakes coming out of another crate. Other workers find razor blades and also pieces of glass in packing crates.

One day, Esperanza notices that the shouting has quit. She and Hortensia view that the strikers are gone, and also then notice several vans and also police cars relocating towards the shed. Josefina tells Esperanza that they are immigration policemans, coming to discover workers that are in the country illegally. Josefina explains that the strikers will be deported earlier to Mexico also if they are citizens of the USA, because they are causing trouble for the government.

Esperanza goes to the melted to gather bands for the asparagus bundles, and also finds Marta hiding tright here, begging Esperanza not to let her gain recorded. Esperanza remembers just how untype Marta has been to her, however also knows that Marta cannot leave Ada, Marta’s mother. She tells Marta to put on an apron and bring a bundle of asparagus as soon as she leaves the shed, so everyone will certainly think she is simply another worker. Marta apologizes for misjudging Esperanza.

Later that night, Esperanza wonders whether Marta made her way back to Ada. In the morning, she asks Miguel to take her to the farm. The strikers have all been taken by the immigration policemans. As she leaves the farm, Esperanza sees that the piñata is broken, and also the insides have been torn out.

Chapter 12: Los Duraznos (Peaches)

Isabel prays that bereason of her good grades, she might be called Queen of the May at her school’s May Day festival. Girls who speak English and wear nice dresses are normally chosen, but she is the just female student through straight As. Isabel tells the family that tright here is a new camp for employees from Oklahoma via inside toiallows, warm water, and also a swimming pool. Mexicans will certainly be allowed to usage the pool just on the day before it is cleaned. Esperanza is angered by the idea that Mexicans are considered dirtier than other workers. When Miguel arrives home, he claims the railroad has hired men from Oklahoma to occupational on the engines for half the money, and that Mexicans might dig ditches or lay tracks instead. Miguel chose to dig ditches quite than take no pay.

Esperanza is furious, wondering why the brand-new workers couldn’t dig the ditches rather. She tells Miguel that their lives are no better than they were in Mexico. Miguel describes that at leastern in the United States he has actually a chance to become more than a servant. He reminds Esperanza of her father’s words about patience: to wait and also the fruit will loss right into your hand also. Esperanza bursts into tears remembering her father, and also cries that she can’t stand also exactly how hopeful Miguel still is. She tells Miguel that he is still a peasant, and he angrily tells Esperanza that she still thinks she is a queen. Miguel leaves the following morning to look for work in north The golden state.

When Isabel is not favored Queen of the May, Esperanza feels sorry for her. She gives Isabel her porcelain doll, informing Isabel that it is a gift to last for more than one day.

Esperanza’s mommy is lastly able to come residence from the hospital, but she is still depressed and demands to develop up her stamina. Mama comes home to check out that Papa’s roses are blooming and also the household has ready her bed and also a one-of-a-kind chair for her exterior. That night, Mama tells Esperanza that it is not all her fault that Miguel is gone, and also that he will come ago. Esperanza tells her mother that she has actually conserved nearly sufficient money to carry Abuelita to them and also goes to present her the money orders. But once she opens up her bag, she discovers that the money orders are gone.

Chapter 13: Las Uvas (Grapes)

The family members is certain that Miguel took Esperanza’s money orders, but his father Alfonso promises to pay back the money. Esperanza is furious, but she focuses on exactly how her mom appears to be acquiring stronger eexceptionally day.

Alfonso comes one day to take Esperanza with him and also Hortensia to pick up Miguel at the bus station in Bakersarea. Miguel hugs his paleas, then tells Esperanza that he has actually brought her proof that things will get much better. He turns to aid an old woman dvery own from the bus. It is Abuelita. Miguel has actually supplied the money to lug her from Mexico to The golden state. Esperanza is overwhelmed and also grateful, laughing and crying through Abuelita.

At the cabin, Esperanza leads Abuelita to Mama. Abuelita wakes Esperanza’s mommy gently, and as the 2 women cry, Esperanza retrieves the crocheted blanket she has been working on for Mama. Abuelita tells Esperanza exactly how she kbrand-new something was wrong with her daughter, and also she prayed every day for the family’s safety. Esperanza tells Abuelita everything that has happened, explaining her story by the periods of fruits and vegetables that have actually passed.

Later, Esperanza and also Miguel go to the foothills past the farm and also lie dvery own on the grass tbelow. Esperanza tells Miguel to listen for the sound of the land’s heart beating. They are quiet till they hear it. As the sun rises, Esperanza feels like she is rising, too, high over the valley. She remembers that she has actually her household, her garden of roses, her faith, and also her memories.

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The household celebrates Esperanza’s birthday via fruit and also her favorite cake. Later, Esperanza watches as Abuelita teaches Isabel how to crochet. Isabel is impatient, upset that her rows of crocheted yard are unalso, but Esperanza gently unravels the yarn and tells Isabel never before to be afrassist of founding over.