Maria Amparo Escandon

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Birthday
19, 1957
Birthplace
Mexico
Birth Sign
Gemini
Birthday
19, 1957 (age 61)
Birthplace
Mexico

About

A Mexican-American novelist, short story writer, and screenwriter, she is known for quirky, often female-centered stories that explore multi-cultural themes and make experimental, imaginative use of language. Her best-known works include Esperanza's Box of Saints (1998) and Gonzalez & Daughter Trucking Co. (2005).

Before Fame

She grew up in Mexico City with three siblings and later immigrated to the United States. She published her debut short story in a Mexican journal in the early 1970s.

Trivia

Her first novel, Esperanza's Box of Saints (1999), was published in both English and Spanish and reached the number one spot on the Los Angeles Times Best Seller list.

Family Life

She had two children with Benito Martinez-Creel. She and Martinez-Creel later divorced.

Associated With

She was inspired and influenced by the work of Octavio Paz.