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The Distance Between Us: A Memoir (2012)

af Reyna Grande

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When Reyna Grande's father leaves his wife and three children behind in a village in Mexico to make the dangerous trek across the border to the United States, he promises he will soon return from "El Otro Lado" (The Other Side) with enough money to build them a dream house where they can all live together. His promises become harder to believe as months turn into years. When he summons his wife to join him, Reyna and her siblings are deposited in the already overburdened household of their stern, unsmiling grandmother. The three siblings are forced to look out for themselves; in childish games they find a way to forget the pain of abandonment and learn to solve very adult problems. When their mother at last returns, the reunion sets the stage for a dramatic new chapter in Reyna's young life: her own journey to "El Otro Lado" to live with the man who has haunted her imagination for years, her long-absent father. -- Jacket, p. [2]… (mere)
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When Reyna Grande’s father leaves his wife and three children behind in a village in Mexico to make the dangerous trek across the border to the United States, he promises he will soon return from “El Otro Lado” (The Other Side) with enough money to build them a dream house where they can all live together. His promises become harder to believe as months turn into years. When he summons his wife to join him, Reyna and her siblings are deposited in the already overburdened household of their stern, unsmiling grandmother.

The three siblings are forced to look out for themselves; in childish games they find a way to forget the pain of abandonment and learn to solve very adult problems. When their mother at last returns, the reunion sets the stage for a dramatic new chapter in Reyna’s young life: her own journey to “El Otro Lado” to live with the man who has haunted her imagination for years, her long-absent father.

In this extraordinary memoir, award-winning writer Reyna Grande vividly brings to life her tumultuous early years, capturing all the confusion and contradictions of childhood, especially one spent torn between two parents and two countries. Elated when she feels the glow of her father’s love and approval, Reyna knows that at any moment he might turn angry or violent. Only in books and music and her rich imaginary life does she find solace, a momentary refuge from a world in which every place feels like “El Otro Lado.”

The Distance Between Us captures one girl’s passage from childhood to adolescence and beyond. A funny, heartbreaking, lyrical story, it reminds us that the joys and sorrows of childhood are always with us, invisible to the eye but imprinted on the heart, forever calling out to us of those places we first called home. ( )
  jepeters333 | Dec 6, 2020 |
Reyna Grande writes about her childhood experiences of being the child of illegal immigrants to the United States. In the beginning she and her siblings are left behind as her family is ripped apart by her parents illegal immigration. Later she is reunited with her parents but she grows up within a system that is not usually fair, safe or healthy. Reyna's story shows the dangers and heartbreak of the American Dream for immigrants. It also explores a complicated and heartbreaking relationship with the author's parents. ( )
  klnbennett | Oct 7, 2020 |
It was an interesting memoir and covers a hot topic in today's news. But like most memoirs I have a problem with it because most authors can't be objective about their own life. It is hard to figure out how much is a bit overstated. It would be interesting to find out what her family members would say about the memoir. ( )
  KamGeb | Nov 24, 2019 |
This books deals with common or familiar issues to many Hispanics/Latinos such as immigration issues, family separation, family dysfunction, poverty, learning a new language and adjusting to a new school. This is memoir of one girl’s experience who escapes poverty and overcomes significant obstacles to achieve success in the US. Students will find this book inspirational and will be able to identify with the issues she encountered.
  LFortier33 | Jul 10, 2019 |
Definitely some interesting moments, but for the most part draggy and unfocused. ( )
  GaylaBassham | May 27, 2018 |
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The poignant yet triumphant tale she tells of her childhood and eventual illegal immigration puts a face on issues that stir vehement debate.
 
A standout immigrant coming-of-age story.
 
Award-winning novelist (Across a Hundred Mountains) Grande captivates and inspires in her memoir.
 
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When Reyna Grande's father leaves his wife and three children behind in a village in Mexico to make the dangerous trek across the border to the United States, he promises he will soon return from "El Otro Lado" (The Other Side) with enough money to build them a dream house where they can all live together. His promises become harder to believe as months turn into years. When he summons his wife to join him, Reyna and her siblings are deposited in the already overburdened household of their stern, unsmiling grandmother. The three siblings are forced to look out for themselves; in childish games they find a way to forget the pain of abandonment and learn to solve very adult problems. When their mother at last returns, the reunion sets the stage for a dramatic new chapter in Reyna's young life: her own journey to "El Otro Lado" to live with the man who has haunted her imagination for years, her long-absent father. -- Jacket, p. [2]

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