The Distance Between Us

Reyna Grande (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$17.99  $16.55
Publisher
Washington Square Press
Publish Date
March 12, 2013
Pages
325
Dimensions
5.4 X 0.9 X 8.3 inches | 0.65 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781451661781

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About the Author

Reyna Grande is an award-winning author, motivational speaker, and writing teacher. As a girl, she crossed the US-Mexico border to join her family in Los Angeles, a harrowing journey chronicled in The Distance Between Us, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist that has been adopted as the common read selection by over twenty schools and colleges and fourteen cities across the country. Her other books include the novels Across a Hundred Mountains, winner of a 2007 American Book Award, and Dancing with Butterflies, and The Distance Between Us, Young Reader's Version. She lives in Woodland, CA with her husband and two children. Visit ReynaGrande.com.

Reviews

One of the Best Adult Books 4 Teens 2012-- "School Library Journal"
One the 15 Best Books of 2012-- "The Christian Science Monitor
"In this poignant memoir about her childhood in Mexico, Reyna Grande skillfully depicts another side of the immigrant experience--the hardships and heartbreaks of the children who are left behind. Through her brutally honest firsthand account of growing up in Mexico without her parents, Grande sheds light on the often overlooked consequence of immigration--the disintegration of a family."--Sonia Nazario, Pulitzer Prize winner, and author of Enrique's Journey "The Christian Science Monitor
Award-winning novelist (Across a Hundred Mountains) Grande captivates and inspires in her memoir. Raised in Mexico in brutal poverty during the 1980s, four-year-old Grande and her two siblings lived with their cruel grandmother after both parents departed for the U.S. in search of work. Grande deftly evokes the searing sense of heartache and confusion created by their parents' departure. Eight years later her father returned and reluctantly agreed to take his children to the States. Yet life on the other side of the border was not what Grande imagined: her father's new girlfriend's indifference to the three children becomes more than apparent. Though Grande's father continually stressed the importance of his children obtaining an education, his drinking resulted in violence, abuse, and family chaos. Surrounded by family turmoil, Grande discovered a love of writing and found solace in library books, and she eventually graduated from high school and went on to become the first person in her family to graduate from college. Tracing the complex and tattered relationships binding the family together, especially the bond she shared with her older sister, the author intimately probes her family's history for clues to its disintegration. Recounting her story without self-pity, she gracefully chronicles the painful results of a family shattered by repeated separations and traumas (Aug.)

--Sonia Nazario, Pulitzer Prize winner, and author of Enrique's Journey "Publishers Weekly: Starred Review"
"A brutally honest book...akin to being the "Angela's Ashes" of the modern Mexican immigrant experience."--Sonia Nazario, Pulitzer Prize winner, and author of Enrique's Journey "LA Times"
"Powerful, harrowing."--Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street "San Antonio Express News"
"Reyna Grande is a fierce, smart, shimmering light of a writer with an important story to tell."--Cheryl Strayed "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail"
"I've been waiting for this book for decades. The American story of the new millennium is the story of the Latino immigrant, yet how often has the story been told by the immigrant herself? What makes Grande's beautiful memoir all the more extraordinary is that, through this hero's journey, she speaks for millions of immigrants whose voices have gone unheard."--Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail"
"The sadness at the heart of Grande's story is unrelenting; this is the opposite of a light summer read. But that's OK, because . . . this book should have a long shelf life."--Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street "Slate"
"A timely and a vivid example of how poverty and immigration can destroy a family."--Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street "The Daily Beast"
"Grande consistently displays a fierce willingness to ask tough questions, accept startling answers, and candidly render emotional and physical violence."--Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street "Kirkus Reviews"
"An important piece of America's immigrant history."--Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street "BookPage"
"Accomplishes one of the great things books can do: make an abstract idea real."--Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street "Christian Science Monitor"
"Heart-warming. . . . Even with the challenges of learning English, earning good grades and fighting her way through turbulent adolescence, Grande emerged as a successful writer whose prose has the potential to touch the generation of youth whose story is so reminiscent of her own."--Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street "NBC Latino"
"Many of us find it difficult to practice diplomacy with our relatives. But when typical family squabbles are complicated by national borders--as they are in Reyna Grande's excellent new memoir--the stakes are raised far higher than 'Who's cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year?'"--Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street "Texas Observer"
"Grande never flinches in describing her surroundings and feelings, while her resilience and ability to empathize allow her to look back with a compassion that makes this story one that everyone should read."--Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street "School Library Journal"
"The poignant yet triumphant tale Grande tells of her childhood and eventual illegal immigration puts a face on issues that stir vehement debate."--Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street "Booklist"
"Eloquent, honest storytelling. This book would be fabulous required reading for college freshmen or, even better, for freshman members of Congress,"--Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street "Washington Independent Review of Books"
"Generous and humble. . . . Makes palpable a human dilemma and dares us to dismiss it."--Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street "The California Report"
"A deeply personal coming-of-age story that extols the power of self-reliance and the love of books."--Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street "Los Angeles Review of Books"