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Publisher's Summary

In this inspirational and unflinchingly honest memoir, acclaimed author Reyna Grande describes her childhood torn between the United States and Mexico, and shines a light on the experiences, fears, and hopes of those who choose to make the harrowing journey across the border.

Reyna Grande vividly brings to life her tumultuous early years in this “compelling...unvarnished, resonant” (BookPage) 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.

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

Also available in Spanish as La distancia entre nosotros.

©2012 Reyna Grande. All rights reserved. (P)2020 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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opened my eyes to the beauty of our stories

absolutely incredible. had my eyes welling up between grocery store aisles and made my heart swell on my commutes to work. the passage Reyna writes about her world-changing introduction to Latin literature encapsulated everything I felt about this book. I had never had someone tell the same stories on paper that I lived and heard about in my real life. this book has sorrow, change, fear, love, solidarity and tells of an unbreakable bond between siblings as they maneuver life with absent parents, then life in a completely new world together. beautiful and heart wrenching.

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Incredible- this will change your perspective

Never have i really considered what life for children of immigrants is like when they are left behind. This memoir tells the story of so many of these "orphan" children- and the strain that immigration and separation from their parents puts on them. Heartbreaking, hopeful, and written with incredible detail, this story will truly change you.

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Wonderful book

I enjoyed every minute of this book. It was engaging and easy to listen to, while at the same time hard to believe this difficult childhood was someone’s reality.

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Beautiful Story, couldn’t put it down

I listened to this book in a few days. I was caught between pacing myself to make it last and just binging it, I went with the later. Grande has such a beautiful and descriptive way with words. I highly recommend this book to those that want more insight of who the Dreamers are and the situation they are escaping from.

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it's so good

so moving. I just loved it. I cried for like 20 minutes at the end, not because it's a sad ending but it's just a lot to process.

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Soul touching

I feel as I’m able to finally connect with a writer who’s Latina . The details Reyna used to explain what her life was like were so good I could almost visualize my self there. 👏🏼👏🏼 be ready to cry out in public because of how much you will feel her pain and her emotions . I went out to do errands and i just couldn’t hold in my emotions I would definitely reread and look into Reyna Grandes other books 📖

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Eye Opening

This makes me want to reread all of those amazing authors from my Ethnic Studies classes.. next audible will be Sandra Cisneros!

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The Grande Reyna of storytelling

I read A Dream Called Home before this and was happy to hear it's the same narrator. She does such a great job. And Reyna's words are moving and beautiful. Can't wait to read her other books!

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Engrossing Memoir, Superb Narration. 4.5 stars.

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Extremely well written, engrossing memoir. I felt deeply for Reyna, Carlos and Mago throughout the story. Their parents (and most of the adults in their life, with a few exceptions) however, were insufferable and made me want to slap them, hard. It’s absolute incredible the hardships Reyna overcame in search of the American Dream. Her story is ultimately one of hope and perseverance, but also of the longing to be loved by parents, the need for family, and the bond between siblings.

I took off half a star because, this had been recommended to me as an authentic story of immigration, as the better alternative than “American Dirt”. So, I thought this story would be more about immigration, yet the story is mostly a coming-of-age story of a girl growing up in a broken family with crap parents. It’s a very good story, and one I thoroughly enjoyed, but didn’t have as much to do about immigration as I thought it would. As an example, the part where they journey to cross the border was only 1-2 chapter long.

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Beautiful book ! loved this book. love love love.

I loved this book. It was moving and very real. loved the author. At times it breaks your heart but it is a great read.

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Powerful insights into migrant life

Deep insight into the emotional strain of people fleeing from poverty. Simultaneously draining and heartwarming