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Publisher Description

In this inspirational and unflinchingly honest memoir, acclaimed author Reyna Grande describes her childhood torn between the United States and Mexico, and shines a light on the experiences, fears, and hopes of those who choose to make the harrowing journey across the border.

Reyna Grande vividly brings to life her tumultuous early years in this “compelling...unvarnished, resonant” (BookPage) story of a childhood spent torn between two parents and two countries. As her parents make the dangerous trek across the Mexican border to “El Otro Lado” (The Other Side) in pursuit of the American dream, Reyna and her siblings are forced into the already overburdened household of their stern grandmother. When their mother at last returns, Reyna prepares for her own journey to “El Otro Lado” to live with the man who has haunted her imagination for years, her long-absent father.

Funny, heartbreaking, and lyrical, The Distance Between Us poignantly captures the confusion and contradictions of childhood, reminding us that the joys and sorrows we experience are imprinted on the heart forever, calling out to us of those places we first called home.

Also available in Spanish as La distancia entre nosotros.

GENRE
Biographies & Memoirs
RELEASED
2012
August 28
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
336
Pages
PUBLISHER
Washington Square Press
SELLER
SIMON AND SCHUSTER DIGITAL SALES INC
SIZE
21.7
MB

Customer Reviews

Soonersusiela ,

Heart wrenching reality

This book shows the depths of despair along with the never failing love of a family burdened with the challenges of poverty and separation. I found myself cheering for the successes of Reyna Grande and praying that her unvarnished recounting of her life will make a difference to other Mexican Americans searching for the truth. Moved my heart!

ziri2 ,

Eye opening

This is forever my favorite book which can be interpreted as the story of many who search for a new life or a better life .

mindful ama ,

A beautiful memoir

Beautifully written. Reyna Grande is a gem. Her descriptions in her memoir make you feel the true struggle many endure for the hope of coming to “el otro lado.”

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