Reyna Grande is an author of great talent and insight. With The Distance Between Us she has crafted a beautiful and poignant memoir of her early years which is both heartfelt and provides a realistic look at the immigration issues that face the United States and Mexico.
The author began her life in Mexico and lived there until she was 9 years old, first living with both parents and then with her mother at times and grandmothers at other times. When she was 2 her father entered the United States to earn money to build a brick house for his family in Mexico, a dream that never came to fruition for the family for many reasons. When she was 10 she entered the United States as an undocumented person and lived with her alcoholic father, stepmother and her siblings until the time she was accepted to community college and later to the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Ms. Grande is candid about the many challenges and abuse that marked her early years. She dealt with abandonment, poverty, discrimination, language barriers and other issues but also had the loving support of her siblings and a few other people to help her through these trials. The reader sees both Mexico and the United States through her eyes with both their positive aspects and their problems. She writes of these in a self-aware and beautiful manner that keeps the reader turning the pages. She has become a successful author and I am looking forward to reading more of her books.
Patricia @ Central