After publishing two acclaimed novels about the Mexican immigrant experience and the families forced to navigate its twists and turns, Reyna Grande decided it was time to reveal her own troubled and triumphant story as an illegal immigrant in this beautifully written and heartfelt memoir. Born in Mexico and raised by her grandparents after her parents left to find work in the U.S., Reyna was just nine years old when she entered the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant to live with her father.
Filled with hope, she quickly realizes that life in America is far from perfect. While her father has big dreams for his children, his alcoholism and rage undermine all his hard work and good intentions. Reyna finds solace from a violent home in books and writing. After an explosive altercation, Reyna breaks away, going on to become the first person in her family to obtain a higher education.
At a time when immigration politics are at a boiling point in America, Reyna Grande is an important public voice for Mexican Americans and immigrants of every origin.
Praise for The Distance Between Us:
“A brutally honest book... the Angela’s Ashes of the modern Mexican immigrant experience.” --Los Angeles Times
“A standout coming-of-age story.”--Kirkus Reviews
“Grande captivates and inspires.” --Publishers Weekly, starred review
We are delighted to welcome Ms. Grande here to celebrate her new memoir with a reading, discussion, signing, and Q&A.