The death of Sandra Cisneros’ mother left her unmoored and grief stricken, but also aware of life in a more complete and complex way. “I wish somebody had told me,” she writes, “that death allows you the chance to experience the world soulfully . . .” So, it was with an open heart that Cisneros partnered with renowned artist Ester Hernandez to produce the illustrated fable Have You Seen Marie? (Knopf, $21.00), in which a woman, shattered by the death of her mother, goes on a transformative search for her friend’s missing cat. Cisneros, whose landmark first novel, The House on Mango Street began her remarkable literary career, will share her story of hope and love in the wake of loss.