Maryland Humanities Council

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The 2014 One Maryland One Book

The Distance Between Us: A Memoir by Reyna Grande

A POIGNANT MEMOIR OF LIFE BEFORE AND AFTER ENTERING THE U.S. FROM MEXICO AS AN UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANT IS THE 2014 ONE MARYLAND ONE BOOK 

About the Author, Reyna Grande

Reyna Grande vividly brings to life her tumultuous early years in this "compelling....unvarnished, resonant" (Book Page) story of a childhood spent torn between two parents and two countries.  As her parents make the dangerous trek across the Mexican border to "El Otro Lado" (The Other Side) in pursuit of the American dream, Reyna and her siblings are forced into the already overburdened household of their stern grandmother. When their mother at last returns, Reyna prepares for her own journey to "El Otro Lado" to live with the man who has haunted her imagination for years, her long-absent father.  

Heartbreaking and lyrical, The Distance Between Us poignantly captures the confusion and contradictions of childhood, reminding us that the joys and sorrows we experienced are imprinted onthe heart forever, calling out to us of those places we first called home.

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¡Se habla español! Algunas bibliotecas tendrán ejemplares en español de La Distancia Entre Nosotros de la autora Reyna Grande. Si usted quiere hacerse socio y ofrecer programación en español, o recibir otros recursos y materiales, por favor escriba a OMOB@mdhc.org.

 


AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

National Book Critics Circle Awards Finalist 2013

One of the Best Adult Books 4 Teens 2012 (School Library Journal)

One the 15 Best Books of 2012 (The Christian Science Monitor)

 


WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT THE BOOK

“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
“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.” -Slate

“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

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

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