The Distance Between Us
Reyna Grande. New York: Atria Books, 2012. 325pp. $25.00 ISBN: 978-1-4516-6177-4
Sunday, November 11, 2012
by: Milly Lugo

Section: Adult Book Reviews

November 2012

Reviewed by Milly C. Lugo, Sr. Librarian, Santa Ana Public Library, CA

Reyna Grande’s memoir is a poignant account of her life similar in so many ways to that lived by most children of immigrant parents.  She tells of her childhood waiting in Mexico for the return of her parents who have crossed the border in search of better opportunities.  She describes how she has idealized her parents and her subsequent realization of their very human flaws.  Lastly, she openly recounts her experiences as an immigrant child dealing with American acculturation and prejudice.  

The depth of pain and sorrow suffered by children like Grande whose parents must leave them behind is a subject that has been getting attention lately in books and moviesReyna Grande's candid storytelling, conversational and forthright writing style make this book special.  Her story of struggle, survival and success keeps the reader engaged from beginning to end. 

Highly recommended for public and academic libraries.


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