The Distance Between Us

the-distance-between-usFrom award-winning author, Reyna Grande, an eye-opening memoir about life before and after illegally immigrating from Mexico to the United States.

Born in Mexico and raised by her grandparents after her parents left to find work in the U.S., at nine years old, Reyna enters 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. Her father isn’t the man she dreamed about all those years in Mexico. His big dreams for his children are what gets them across the border, but his alcoholism and rage undermine all his hard work and good intentions. Reyna finds solace from a violent home in books and writing, inspired by the Latina voices she reads. After an explosive altercation, Reyna breaks away, going on to become the first person in her family to obtain a higher education, earning a college degree and then an M.F.A. in Creative Writing.

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. The Distance Between Us has the power to change minds and hearts.


Awards & Recognitions

CityRead Book 2017, Brentwood, CA
Timberland Reads Together 2017, WA
2017 Telluride, CO One Book, One Canyon
2017 Estes Park One Book, One Valley
2017 Cal Poly Pomona Common Read
2017 Northern Kentucky University First Year Experience
2017 Avila University First Year Experience
2017 Marist College Common Read
2017 Cal State University, Monterey Bay Common Reading Experience
2016 One Book/One Community, Saginaw, MI
2016 Woodland Reads, Woodland, CA
2016 Camarillo Reads, Camarillo, CA
2016 Common Reader, Colorado Mountain College, CO
2015 One Book/One Villanova, Villanova University, PA
2015 Sandy Springs Reads, Sandy Springs, GA
2015 Los Angeles City College Book Program, CA
2015 Mount San Jacinto College Common Read, CA
2015 Read 2 Succeed Selection, Norco College, Norco, CA
2015 Roswell Reads, Roswell, GA
2015 One Book/One Leyden, Leyden High School, IL
2014 One Maryland, One Book
2014 One Community, One Book–The U of Iowa Center for Human Rights
2014 Santa Rosa Junior College Reads
2014 One Book, One Community-San Juan College
2014 Rolling Meadows High School Summer Reading Program
2014-15 “Book in Common,” Butte College/Chico State University
Grand Valley State University “Common Reading” 2013
California State University-Los Angeles “First Year Experience” Selection 2014
Monroe County’s One Book/One Community 2014
Las Comadres Para Las Americas Book Club Nov/2012
One of the Best Adult Books 4 Teens 2012 (School Library Journal)
One of the 15 Best Books of 2012 (The Christian Science Monitor)
2012 National Book Critics Circle Awards Finalist

Praise For The Distance Between Us:

“Reyna Grande is a fierce, smart, shimmering light of a writer with an important story to tell.”
–Cheryl Strayed, author of 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

“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.”

“A timely and a vivid example of how poverty and immigration can destroy a family.”
–The Daily Beast

“A brutally honest book… the “Angela’s Ashes” of the modern Mexican immigrant experience.” –the Los Angeles Times

“A standout coming-of-age story.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Grande captivates and inspires.”—Publishers Weekly, STARRED Review

“…[A] touching and enormously personal memoir… puts a face on issues that stir vehement debate.”—Booklist


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